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Important Questions To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Westfield

April 20, 2022
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You’ve come upon the perfect apartment in Westfield, and next all you have to do is sign the lease! But not so fast. Before picking up the pen, be sure you know what you’re signing up for. After all, you’ll like apartment life more when you have to do. So before signing any papers, review these questions to ask when leasing an apartment in Westfield.

How Can I Pay Rent And Are There Fees For Paying Late?

Gray and blue bedroom at Highpointe Apartments. 

Good Westfield apartment communities give you several payment options so rent payments are as simple as possible, including electronic and auto-pay options. Ask what methods your new community offers and how they work. You can also inquire about if there’s a convenience fee for direct payments.

You also should understand your community’s tardy rent policy. Many leasing offices have a ”grace period” and then charge a late fee which increases with time. Ask when payment is due and who to talk to if you have a hardship that will interfere with paying your rent when due.

Is There A Guest Policy For Your Westfield Apartment And Can They Use The Pool?

 Red and beige recreation room at Hamilton Luxury Apartments.

If you want to host loved ones for weeks at a time, you’ll need to learn your community’s guest policy. Most leases don’t allow guests to stay with you for more than 3 days without notifying the property manager for extended visits. There are also guest policies for using amenities like the swimming pool or fitness center. If you’d like to invite your workout buddy to try the treadmills, first ask if guests are allowed. Or, if your child wants a poolside birthday party, ask how many guests are allowed as well as their procedures and policies.

What Is The Policy For Pets?

Boy and girl playing with a golden retriever puppy on a rug in a living room 

Speaking of friends, want to know about your animal ones? If your apartment allows pets, be sure Max follows their requirements. Some communities have size and breed restrictions. You should also ask about animal fees and restrictions for walking and cleaning up poop. The most pet-friendly Westfield apartments have features like dog parks or runs for socialization and bags with trash cans for cleaning up after them.

Are There Any Parking Policies To Know About?

xterior of Riverview apartments during the daytime. 

Many apartment complexes have parking policies to make things fair for all Residents. They may issue Resident parking permits, assign parking spaces, limit how many vehicles you can keep on the property, and enforce designated guest parking. Many apartment communities in Westfield provide shelterd parking for a fee. Learn about your parking options and the parking policies before moving in with your extra car or having guests over.

How Do I Submit Maintenance Requests, And How Will They Get Into My Unit?

All apartments need repairs sometimes. Before you move in, ask how they do maintenance requests there. Ask how to submit a request, when to expect a response, and if they have a 24/7 emergency number.

You should also find out how the maintenance staff will access your apartment. Ask if they will warn you before entering and if they will leave a note indicating their presence when they leave. You may not own your apartment, you should still have good communication with your maintenance team regarding submitted and completed service requests.


Bring The Questions You Want To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Westfield To Union Street Flats

If you aren’t getting the answers you want at at the apartments you’ve talked to, come to Union Street Flats. We go the extra mile to give a unique and enjoyable experience for all of our valued Residents in Westfield. We’ll help you find an apartment you’ll love calling home. Call us at (317) 942-3629 or schedule a tour to find out more.