Take steps to find a rental

If you want to rent an apartment, condominium, or house, here are the steps to success.

Set a rent maximum
A calculatorKnow how much you can afford to spend on rent. Consider your housing allowance and the rental prices in your area.
Target neighborhoods
Consider how close the location is to your military installation, access to transportation, shopping and entertainment, and neighborhood safety and livability — while keeping your rent within your budget.

Shop around
A sign that says: “Apartments for rent.”Read apartment ads. Visit the neighborhoods that interest you. Look for “For Rent” or “For Lease” signs. Check with the on base housing rental office for reputable locations. See as many apartments as you can. Make comparisons.

Credit criteria
A thumb and a forefinger making the “OK” sign.Almost all landlords will do a credit check to see what your history has been as a money manager and decide if they can trust you to pay your rent on a steady basis.

Read the lease
A young man sitting on stairs reading through a lease.In almost all cases, the owner or the apartment manager will ask you to sign a written contract called a lease. It’s extremely important to read and understand the lease before you sign. If you have questions, consult the Judge Advocate General (JAG) office.

See the topic All About Credit to learn what credit is and how to establish and maintain good credit.

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