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Questions To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Indianapolis

April 20, 2022
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You’ve come upon the ideal Indianapolis apartment, and you just need to sign a lease! But slow down. Before picking up a pen, make sure you know what you’re signing up for. After all, you’ll love your apartment living experience more when you know what to expect. So before agreeing to any papers, come prepared with these questions to ask when leasing an apartment in Indianapolis.

What Are My Choices For Paying Rent And Are There Fees If I Pay Late?

Gray and blue bedroom at Highpointe Apartments. 

Good Indianapolis apartments offer more than one payment option so rent payments are as convenient as possible, including auto-pay and electronic options. Ask your new community what methods they offer and how each one works. You might also want to ask if there’s any convenience fees for direct payments.

You also need to know your community’s tardy rent policy. Many communities have a grace period and then charge a late fee that increases with time. Ask when payment is due and who to talk to if you have a hardship that interferes with paying your rent by the due date.

What Is The Guest Policy For Your Apartment And Amenities?

 Red and beige recreation room at Hamilton Luxury Apartments.

If you like to host loved ones for several weeks, you should learn your apartment’s guest policy. Most leases prohibit guests from staying with you beyond 3 days without permission from the property manager. There are also guest policies for using community amenities like the swimming pool or fitness center. If you want to invite your running buddy to test the treadmills, find out if guests are allowed first. Or, if your child wants a pool party, inquire about how many guests you can invite and their policies and procedures.

What Is The Pet Policy?

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

On the topic of friends, what about your animal ones? If your community is pet-friendly, make sure Fido fits within their standards. Some communities have breed and size restrictions. You should also inquire about fees and restrictions for walking and cleaning up messes. The best pet-friendly Indianapolis apartments have things like dog parks or runs for exercising dogs and bags near trash cans for cleaning up after them.

Does The Community Have Any Parking Policies?

xterior of Riverview apartments during the daytime. 

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

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

Every apartment needs repairs at some point. Prior to moving in, ask how they do maintenance requests in your new community. Ask how to submit a request, when to expect a response, and if there is a 24-hour emergency number.

You should also find out how the maintenance staff will get into your apartment. Discuss if they will alert you ahead of time and if they will leave a note indicating their presence once they leave. You may not own your apartment, you should always expect good communication with your maintenance team regarding submitted and completed service requests.


Bring The Questions You Want To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Indianapolis To Penrose on Mass Apartments

If you aren’t finding the answers you want at at the apartment properties you’ve spoken with, come ask Penrose on Mass Apartments. We take extra care to provide an enjoyable and unique living experience for each of our valued Residents in Indianapolis. Let us help you find an apartment you’ll love calling home. Call us at 317-661-4399 or schedule a tour to learn more.