Rents for apartments in Boston can be expensive. With very few exceptions, there is no limit to how much rent a landlord can charge for an apartment. Some of the suggestions listed below may be helpful in locating reasonably priced housing.
Realtors: Many charge a broker’s fee of a month’s rent, so be sure to inquire about broker’s fees before you start your search with any realtor.
Neighborhood bulletin boards
School and University bulletin boards
Community, religious and social organizations
Word of mouth: Let friends, acquaintances, shopkeepers, etc. in the neighborhood know you are looking for an apartment. Someone you tell may know about an available apartment or provide you with a lead.
Entering into a rental agreement is a serious commitment. Do not put money down unless you are sure you want the apartment. Although you may be legally entitled to get your money back until the landlord formally accepts you as a tenant, that money may be difficult to recover. An apartment may seem like a dream apartment, but there are many costs and issues to consider in determining whether the apartment is right for you, such as:
Affordability of rent
Utilities and heating costs
Availability of off-street or on-street parking
Access to public transportation
How many people are allowed to live in the apartment
Whether pets are permitted
Presence of lead paint, if child under age 6 will be living in the apartment
Whether subletting is permitted
Whether a re-rental inspection has been done
Whether laundry facilities and/or refrigerator are provided