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Housing in Usa

  • Date Submitted: 08/10/2010 02:39 AM
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Renting an apartment or house

Selecting a right rental option is very important. Getting an accommodation in America is not a easy task. But recently a number of companies have come up with websites and provide information about the houses available on rent.

What is "renting?"
Renting refers to a monthly fee that you pay a landlord to live in a home he owns. An apartment is a small unit consisting of several rooms that is normally attached to other such units. Sometimes it's a subsection of a house. Houses, cottages and town houses can also be rented out.
What does a rental include?
Most rentals come with kitchen and bathroom appliances, such as a stove, refrigerator, bathtub and sinks. Some also come with laundry and dishwashing machines, air conditioners and other specialties. You n eed to chec k out the details of each rental you look at.

What are the legal and financial details of renting

Renting an apartment requires a fairly simple contract and a small outlay of cash, usually first month and a payment equal to one month's rent, for   "security." The monthly payment is smaller, you will have to real estate taxes and the landlord is responsible for maintenance and repairs. Most of the time, heat and water are included in the rent payment. Sometimes other utilities, such as cable or electricity are also included.

Credit history

Before you begin your search, be aware that the landlord (owner of the rental) may want a credit history. If you are new to the US, and don't have a credit history, gather references and letters of recommendation from your own country if you can, and be prepared to give a larger security deposit. You may not need to, but it's good to be prepared for the possibility.
Finding the apartment
There are three main ways to apartment hunt: local real estate/rental guides, online, or the main newspaper's classified sections. Check local supermarkets and convenience stores for publications. Once you identify living places...


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