HOW MUCH CAN I CUSTOMIZE MY MJF RENTAL APARTMENT RENTAL IN VALPARAISO INDIANA
Apartment living can be great. It has its downsides though, and one is that there’s lots of things you wish you were in charge of, but aren’t.
Regulations vary from landlord to landlord and every lease has its share of fine print, including your MJF Rental here in Valparaiso, Indiana. But, don’t fret, there are plenty of cutomizing options that we permit to help you make your home unique.
Here are five things you should never assume you’re in charge of when renting an apartment: If you have any questions about whether or not you should or shouldn’t do something, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help at (219) 477-4555.
Plants and Your Apartment Rental
Yes, growing your own food can be very practical and those DIY soda bottle planters would definitely liven up your patio, but check with your landlord first. Many property owners will prefer that you not put things on your patio at all, but some will give you the go-ahead as long as you leave a clear path for evacuating the building if necessary. Rules will vary in the cases of balconies well. Some landlords will ask that you be sure you take precautions to ensure that the soil and water won’t stain the floor of the balcony or patio, and that you’re not using any gardening materials that could be flammable. Still others will prefer that you don’t keep large plants at all. Even indoor ones can sometimes attract bugs and cause water damage, so make sure you do your research. At MJF Rentals, we allow most plants on patios. However, there are some that we do prohibit. If you have any questions, please call us at (219) 477-4555.
Your Apartment’s Balcony or Patio
Having one of these doesn’t necessarily mean smoking on it is permissible. You may not want to walk all the way down the stairs and outside for a late-night smoke break, but some landlords will require you to, as odds are your balcony is close to other residents’ windows, meaning the smoke could get into their apartments. Some other things a lot of tenants assume are fair game for balconies and patios are grilling and drying clothes. It’s not uncommon for landlords to have rules against these things, so be sure to ask first. Depending on which MJF Rental you have rented, there are covenants and neighborhood restrictions. If in question about what may or may not be allowed in your neighborhood, gives us a call. We’re here to help!
The More The Merrier
You might want to celebrate moving into your new apartment by throwing a party or just having a few guests over. However, for the safety of the property and yourself, a lot of properties will restrict the number of people you may have in your apartment at once. This doesn’t mean you can’t have your friends over, but you should definitely know the maximum occupancy and keep it in mind. Some small studio and efficiency apartments will cap you at as few as four or five people inside the apartment at once. In a few cases, there will also be rules about overnight guests that you won’t want to find out about after the fact. It’s not the MJF Rentals wants to limit your fun, but be aware that certain dwellings are limited to the number of occupants at any one time by fire codes. If you have a question as to the maximum number of occupants at your Valparaiso apartment rental, please call us and we can provide you with the correct number.
You Don’t Have To Mow or Shovel Snow
This is technically something you shouldn’t assume you’re not in charge of, but it’s important to include nonetheless. You may think that renting means you’re off the hook when it comes to snow and lawn maintenance, but that isn’t always the case. In a lot of properties, especially duplexes, you’ll have to take turns with the other tenants seeing to these things. If you’ve got a parking spot on the property, it’s also likely that you’ll be responsible for shoveling that yourself when it snows. If you’re apartment hunting, this is something you should look into now, rather than after move-in. Luckily for you 90% of MJF apartment rentals in Valparaiso are maintenance free. If you have a question about maintenance issues, snow removal, or lawn care, please call the office at (219) 477-4555.
Pets and Your New Apartment Rental
Your building may be pet-friendly, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t stipulations. A lot of animal shelters require proof of your landlord’s approval before they will let you adopt, but in case your fur-baby is coming into your life through a different means, you should still touch base with your landlord first. Most pet-friendly landlords will ask you to pay an extra fee or a slightly higher rent for each pet, to cover any possible damage your furry friend might do to the property. On top of that, there will be rules a lot of the time regarding what size and type of animal is allowed to live with you. We don’t want you and Spot getting into any trouble because of rules you didn’t know about! We love pets at MJF Rentals, and we have specific buildings dedicated specifically for pet owners. Give us a call, and we will be happy to get you placed into the pet friendly apartment rental of your choice.
A good rule of thumb is to skim over your lease and run it by your landlord any time you’re considering doing something that might potentially damage the property in any way or ruffle feathers with the other tenants. Don’t fret though; if you’re conscientious about the rules and you communicate well with your neighbors and landlord, apartment living will be smooth sailing!
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