New Year, New Place to Stay - Apartment Move

Some of you are contemplating a new place to stay during the new year.  There are so many choices but oftentimes, depending on the time of year, not enough availability.  Timing is everything when it comes to the real estate industry and if it means having to change a lease expiration date, do so.

Take some time to meet with your roommates or partner to come up with a plan on when you hope to move.  One of you might have to exit the residence first and live at the new one until the old lease expires. 

Do make time to sit and talk with your community manager or leasing consultant so that you are exiting properly.  You will need to give a move-out date, arrange for movers to come, apartment clean up, and a walk through prior to departing.

Start noting some of the issues now.  Get on the phone with maintenance and get some repairs done prior to moving out.  This is also a good time to start giving items away, selling what you can, and telling others about your departure plans that could help you during your relocation process.

Nicholl McGuire


Fequently Asked Questions Apartment Resident Maintenance


Quiet Hours at Apartment Complex

Residents might have forgotten about what the lease said about quiet hours, but there is typically a line or two in the contract.  Find out what the hours are if you are unsure.  Sometimes with all the holiday parties, hosts and visitors forget.  Depending on the kind of complex and whether the landlord or courtesy patrol is the type that enforces the rules, some residents just might get away with their loud noise at least for a time.

However, there will be those who will most likely get some kind of written warning placed on or underneath their doors warning about noise.  This information is kept in the resident's file.  If noise becomes a frequent issue, then the complaints are calculated, a meeting is sure to follow and it just might end with a resident having to look for another place if issues aren't resolved.

So do keep in mind that even if a landlord or courtesy patrol isn't on duty, there will be those residents who will be watching and listening.  God forbid the police show up.

Nicholl McGuire 


MOVING TO LA: Episode 85: How I Found Cheap Housing In LA

Word from Apartment Leasing Blogger of

Thank you for taking the time to check out this blog.  It was created with the intention of helping students, retirees, professionals, and others who seek to find a suitable apartment.  You will find that much of the information listed on this site caters to renters.  Although, I, being a former community manager, had professionals in the apartment industry in mind when I first started this blog, my vision changed over the years.  After noticing so much activity happening with bad landlords and owners, tenant conflicts, rent increases with no caps, and more, I thought it would be best to share what I know with those who have never worked behind the scenes in the property management industry.

I think that if both landlords and residents were transparent with one another, there would be less animosity and renters would be more likely to follow the terms of their lease agreements and even better want to remain at the property for years to come.  However, the deception, secrecy, negative attitudes, and unresolved past issues, can get the best of any business or personal relationship.

It is my hope that property managers and residents will listen to one another and deal with the issues.  It hurts to see so many walking the streets without a home or having to live with others in an uncomfortable setting due to a shady property owner.

So please do enjoy this site and feel free to leave a comment.

Nicholl, Apartment Leasing Tips Blog Producer and Contributor 

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