Don't Get Put Out in the Cold - Pay Rent, Keep Apartment Clean and Orderly, Follow the Rules

You never know when management might come around looking at your exterior, posting a 24 hour notice on your door to inspect, or stopping by because a neighbor has complained about something.  So if your apartment is unclean and not visually appealing and other rules are broken, you just might be putting yourself and/or family at risk of receiving a notice to vacate within 60 days (or less depending on the state you live in).

When the seasons become cooler, it can be difficult to find an available apartment.  Most people do not move during colder months.  So if you are a renter who has received a dreaded notice in the middle of the coldest month of the year, you are going to be quite angry.  It is always best to work with management and get all necessary issues addressed before a "pay or quit" or some other notice is posted on your door.

Ask yourself the following:

1.  Are you often loud with music, walking, talking, parties, etc.?
2.  Are children causing problems?
3.  Do you find that you are receiving many notices about your conduct?
4.  Are you frequently behind in rent?
5.  Do you bother to clean your apartment?  Is there an insect problem as a result?
6.  Have you contacted management about broken appliances, leaky pipes, etc.?

Sometimes renters will let a unit run down without the slightest complaint to management until they receive a notice about their conduct.  Others will ignore late rent letters while hoping to stay in their dwellings.  When small issues become major ones, problem residents will list complaints to corporate and/or community managers and threaten to sue.  But you don't have much of a case, when one is responsible for not doing things like: paying rent on time, breaking rules, failing to supervise children, etc.  Communicate with management as soon as you can before it's too late.

Nicholl McGuire


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