The Ultimate Guide to Renting in Connecticut

The Ultimate Guide to RentingThe number of renters has skyrocketed in recent years after the housing bubble downfall. While this is a cost-effective solution for housing, there are some considerations to make before signing your lease and making it official. As a renter, it’s important to understand your rights and know how to gain a competitive edge over the other potential suitors. With that said, ensure you protect your new dwelling with a New London County Renters Insurance policy to secure your belongings and follow these tips.

Haggle your rent!

Believe it or not, rent prices are negotiable. This little-known fact can come in handy when working with your budget. Use your best judgment, though. If the place has been on the market for only a week and has already piqued a lot of interest, it may not work in your favor to attempt to negotiate price. However, if the place has been vacant for a while without any movement, see if the owner of the property or the landlord is willing to work with you. Come prepared- bring your income documentation, ID, and references to gain that competitive edge.

Don’t pay double the fees for your pet.

Typically, you have to pay a deposit or a fixed pet rent each month. However, don’t pay both! Especially when working with a smaller landlord, ask them to come to a mutual agreement with you about paying for your pup’s fees.

Mind the application fees.

While a one-time application fee of $25 dollars might not be a big deal, this recurring expense can add up for renters in a competitive market. Therefore, leverage it. “There are a bunch of ways to avoid these fees. You can pull your credit report yourself — independent landlords and some management companies will accept that. Also, if one-half of a couple has the credit to afford the apartment, then only one person should apply (because) two applications cost more,” says Matthew Heisler, a landlord and real estate agent at Heisler & Mattson Properties in Westborough, Mass.
At Byrnes Agency, we are here to serve your renter’s insurance needs. Our cost-effective solutions and our dedication to customer service have allowed us to serve Connecticut for over 80 years. For more information, contact us today at one of our three locations.

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Dayville Office

Phone: (860) 774-8549
394 Lake Rd
Dayville, CT 06241
United States
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Phone: (860) 886-5498
6 Consumers Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
United States
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Woodstock Office

Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
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