It may seem surprising, but it’s true: more people are renting than at any other point in the past 50 years. However, many people still seem to have misconceptions about the apartment rental process that can deter them from exploring their luxurious living options. With that in mind, here are just a few myths about renting you should kick to the curb today.
Tenants can get evicted at any time and without notice.
This is perhaps the biggest misconception people have about the apartment rental process. While landlords and property managers do have certain rights, rental laws are typically skewed to be in favor of the tenant. You’ll never come home to find that the locks have been changed; your landlord has to give you significant notice if they plan on evicting you. Furthermore, they need to have sufficient and specific evidence, presented in writing. It’s a lengthy process that’s very unlikely to occur to any responsible tenant.
It’s hard to find an apartment that allows pets.
There are over 75 million pet dogs in the U.S. — more than in any other country. And many pet owners seem to think that they can’t bring their furry friends along if they’re looking for a studio or one bedroom apartment. But that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, there are a growing number of apartment communities that are welcoming tenants with multiple pets. However, there may be an additional deposit or monthly fee, and the complex may have rules about breed restrictions.
A landlord can enter a tenant’s apartment at any time and without notice.
Finally, this myth is 100% untrue. While a landlord may have various reasons to enter your apartment, they can’t do so without giving you notice or otherwise getting your approval.
“A landlord may need to enter your unit for a variety of reasons — to show your unit to prospective tenants, to check the fire alarms, or simply to do routine maintenance. But legally, a landlord can’t enter your apartment whenever he wants. He must provide you with sufficient warning, generally 24 hours. There are some exceptions, of course: If there’s an emergency — like fire or a severe water leak — landlords can enter without notice,” writes Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio on Realtor.com.
It’s best to know the truth behind these myths before deciding whether renting a studio or one bedroom apartment is the right decision for you.