Renting From A Multi-Resident Property Owner
If you are renting are renting from a multi-resident property owner, you may have some different clauses in your rental agreement than if you were renting a house or an apartment. Many of these places have security locks and are set up this way to protect the residents. If you hand out more keys to friends or family, the traffic can upset neighbors and the property owner. Many of these places are secure and people pay for the security in the rent. You need to respect the property and not hand out more keys than what is needed by your family. There are intercoms for visitors to use when they come to visit.
If there is an increase in traffic, other residents may see this as a security problem that can result in you being asked to leave the premises. If you are renting from a multi resident property owner, you should fine out exactly what you can and cannot do with the apartment and the building itself. You may find the guidelines and lease agreement has things listed that you may not be able to comply with while living there. Renting from a multi-resident property owner, you are going to have security, but you will also have to allow for inspections of the property. In one case recently, a multi-resident property manager did surprise inspections of all apartments, looking for cleanliness, undocumented pets, damaged apartments and inspection of appliances and flooring.
This was legal because the rental agreement stated that the property manger could inspect the apartment at anytime with no notice. Because this was a signed contract, no one could deny access to the property manager, who did find some very interesting problems and conditions. You need to know what you are signing and if it is a multi-complex, you will have a different type of lease than with a single or duplex rental. If you have no problems with surprise inspections or following strict guidelines then you would have no problem living in one of these apartments. You do have less privacy, but they are affordable places to rent. When you are renting from a multi-resident property owner, you not only have to follow the rules, but you also have to be careful about your neighbors. Some property owners place tenants in buildings to keep an eye on things as well as the property manger. This is common practice and can sometimes be a little frustrating. If may be possible that you are renting near the property manger's apartment and you are then going to be seen and heard all the time. There are not many multi complexes with privacy.
It seems that everything you do is under scrutiny. If your rental agreement says no pets, that usually pertains to fish aquariums as well. No overnight guest means exactly that. Many people enjoy living in multi-resident buildings for the security, but they do have some downfalls. You do have to follow the rules and abide by the owners requests and inspections whenever they decide to do them. .
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