What to Look For in an Apartment
There’s a lot to think about when choosing your first apartment. Make a checklist of things that are important to you in an apartment (proximity to campus, proximity to public transportation, etc.). Bring a copy of this apartment checklist with you to fill out when you visit apartments. That way you’ve got all the info you need when it’s time to make a decision. You can download a sample checklist here.
You should also inspect the premises to ensure it complies with health and safety standards. Use the Boston Housing Code checklist to make sure the property you are renting is up to code. If the unit fails to meet any of these conditions, you have a legal right to demand that the landlord repair or improve the premises. You can download a copy of the Boston Housing Code checklist here.