The Grimy Side of Low Rent Apartments

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The Grimy Side of Low Rent Apartments

Staff Writer · Aug 5, 2010

Lots of apartment seekers are looking for low rent apartments and other bargains to keep their rent costs down. They want to hand over less money to the landlord at the end of every month. But one thing that low rent apartment dwellers should be ready to handle is dirt. Many of the lowest rent apartments are pretty grimy, both in terms of the shared exterior and the interior living areas. Being realistic about your rental search will help you find the best apartment dwelling options that suit you.

Insect and Rodent Problems

Tenants don’t always think about this unless they’ve had prior experience, but the fact is that if the rental space that you’re offered is free of insects, mice and other pests, chances are the landlord has put some work and money into keeping things that way. Apartment buildings without some form of pest control often breed the kinds of troublesome invaders that really gross most of us out. Look out for roaches, ants and larger visitors at your rental inspection.

Appliances

Some of the dirtiest spaces in a low-rent apartment are the appliances and facilities that tenants continue to use, one after the other. Larger appliances do not come and go with the tenants, so they remain in the rental space, year after year. Over time, items like the refrigerator and stove, as well as bathroom appliances and installations like showers and toilets can really show their age in terms of wear and also accumulate some ingrained dirt that becomes very hard to clean away completely. Some items might start to malfunction or break with age, and that makes cleaning even harder.

From an accounting perspective, you might not blame the owner for keeping rental appliances to the end of their useful life, but tell that to the tenant who has to open up an ancient fridge every morning, or try to brighten up a tired bathroom. Appliances are a main source of woe for tenants who go with a low rent apartment solution.

Exterior Grime

In some neighborhoods, throwing trash out into the yard seems to be a way of establishing territory. Those on the hunt for a rental will be able to tell if they are in one of these areas by walking down the street and looking carefully to the right and to the left. lLots of litter on a street are generally a sign that more dirt and grime might await the renter inside their unit.

For those who gloss over these aspects of a deal before signing a lease, the result is often despair when reality kicks in and tenants realize what they are stuck with. Don’t put up with sub-par living conditions to go lower on rent. Talk to the landlord about concerns and do “due diligence” on a rental space; negotiating changes or being judicious about rental choices helps the general community of renters by creating demand for improvements in some low rent apartments that may not really be up to the common standard of livability.

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