When you rent an apartment, here are some tips, and thing to look for in a new place before signing a new lease. Some of these questions may need to be addressed to other tenants in the building, and some of these will apply to the management team, or landlord.
Who is responsible for gas, heat, electric, cable, water, etc? Make sure it is on the lease, and get it in writing.
Do people share the laundry facilities? Where are the facilities located in the building? It might be a good idea if it is a small building and only 1 or 2 laundry units, ask other tenants when they do their laundry, so you can arrange a schedule with them.
Computer/Wi Fi Access:
Is there high speed internet available? Where are the jacks/outlets in the building units, etc so you know where you can set up your computer?
Where is the local train, bus, cab service, etc?
Is there designated parking? Is there a fee for parking? Ask tenants if there is any problem with finding parking? Is there guest parking available?
Who is responsible for repairs (dishwasher quits working), If there is a flood? etc. Ask other tenants if the landlord or maintenance team responds to repair problems in a timely fashion.
Are there any noise restrictions? How are the rules enforced? If your unit is on a bottom floor find out if there are kids in the floor above you, or if younger adults who have parties, etc
Getting these questions answered ahead of time can save you from moving into an unpleasant environment, and having to break your lease or contract.