Graduation season will soon be here. If you’re student who’s thinking about getting an apartment to start out and you’ve never rented a place on your own, this will be an exciting time for you. It’s also one that’s guaranteed to be full of headaches, though, especially when it comes to dealing with all the paperwork that goes along with renting – the rental agreement.
Before you even begin to start looking for a new home, be sure you have the following four documents to show landlords and apartment managers:
You’ll need a driver’s license, student ID, passport or visa to verify your identity. Most landlords will only require one piece of identification, but have at least two ready to show.
Proof of income
This document demonstrates that you have the ability to pay your rent. If you work at a regular job, use your most recent pay stub. If you’re self-employed or have other sources of income, you’ll need to bring paperwork that shows how much you receive from each source and how often.
Income tax returns
If a landlord asks for a tax return, have a copy of the most recent one you filed. Beware that some landlords may ask for two or more year’s worth of returns.
These are key to securing an apartment, especially if you’re for a first-time renter. Make a list of at least three people – friends, teachers, employers – who can verify that you are a trustworthy and dependable person who will pay your rent on time. Your landlord may also ask you for your parents’ contact information as well.
After you’ve gotten your paperwork all together and found a place to live, the next thing to do is figure out what you want to pack and what you want to put away for safekeeping. Lone Star Self-Storage offers storage units in six different sizes to suit every need and every budget. And since our contracts are month-to-month, there’s no long-term commitment. When you’re ready to make that first move just a little easier, contact us!
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