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Important Questions To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Carmel

April 20, 2022
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You’ve discovered the ideal apartment in Carmel, and all you have to do is sign the lease! But wait a moment. Before you sign, make sure you know what you’re responsibilities are. After all, you’ll like your apartment living experience more if you know what to expect. So before signing any papers, use these questions to ask when leasing an apartment in Carmel.

What Are My Rent Payment Options And How Do Late Fees Work Late?

Gray and blue bedroom at Highpointe Apartments. 

Good Carmel apartments have more than one payment method to make paying rent as convenient as possible, including electronic and auto-pay options. Ask your new community what methods they offer and how they work. You can also inquire about if you’ll be charged a convenience fee for electronic payments.

You also need to understand your community’s late payment policy. Most communities have a one or two day grace period and then a late fee which increases until you pay. Ask when payment is due and who to talk to if you have a hardship that will interfere with paying your rent by the due date.

Is There A Guest Policy For Your Carmel Apartment And Amenities?

 Red and beige recreation room at Hamilton Luxury Apartments.

If you want to host loved ones for several weeks, you should check your apartment’s guest policy. Most leases won’t let guests stay in your apartment for more than 3 days without notifying the property manager for extended visits. There are also guest policies for enjoying community amenities such as the fitness center or swimming pool. If you’d like to invite your running buddy to test the treadmills, first find out if guests are allowed. Or, if your child wants a pool party, ask how many guests you can invite 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 

On the topic of friends, want to know about your animal ones? If your community is pet-friendly, make sure Max follows their expectations. Some communities have dog restrictions. You should also inquire about pet fees and rules for exercising and cleaning up after your pet. The best pet-friendly Carmel apartments offer features like bags with trash receptacles for cleaning up after them and dog parks or runs for [[exercising dogs|socialization|exercize].

Are There Any Parking Policies To Know About?

xterior of Riverview apartments during the daytime. 

Many apartment properties implement parking policies to keep things fair for everyone. They may limit how many vehicles you can keep on the property, issue Resident parking permits, assign parking spaces, and enforce designated guest parking. Some Carmel apartment communities have covered parking for a price. Review your parking options and the parking policies before moving in with your extra car or inviting friends over.

How Do I Contact Maintenance, And How Do They Access My Unit?

All apartments need repairs occasionally. Prior to moving in, ask how maintenance requests work there. Ask how to submit a request, how soon to expect a response, and if they have a 24-hour emergency number.

You should also ask how the maintenance staff will access your apartment. Discuss if they will warn you before entering and if they will leave a sign indicating that they were there once they leave. Although you don’t own your apartment, you should still expect clear communication with your maintenance team about submitted and completed service requests.


Bring The Questions You Want To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Carmel To The Legacy Towns and Flats

If you don’t like the answers you hear at at the leasing offices you’ve spoken with, come to The Legacy Towns and Flats. We go the extra mile to provide an enjoyable and unique living experience for each of our valued Residents in Carmel. We’ll help you find an apartment you’ll love. Call us at 317-674-1318 or schedule a tour to learn more.