The Ultimate First-Time Renter’s Guide by June


From Rookie to Renter

Everybody starts somewhere, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Here are three key tips from June on how to prepare for your journey as a first-time renter.

Determine your budget

Calculate exactly how much rent you can afford

Traditionally it’s recommended that you spend no more than 30% of your net income on rent, but this advice is almost 50 years old.  Try the 50/30/20 rule instead: spend 50% of your income after tax on basic needs (think rent and monthly utilities like gas, water, electricity, internet), 30% on non-essentials, and 20% on savings.

Take all expenses into account

Rent is your biggest expense but it’s one of many. Remember to take all the costs that come with being a renter into account. On top of rent, you’ll pay for monthly utilities like electricity, gas, water and internet too. Before moving in, you’ll also need to make upfront payments like first month’s rent and a security deposit, which your landlord will hold in case any damages occur during your lease. Don’t forget moving-day costs and new home purchases too!

Consider how you could cut costs

There’s always a way to spend smarter. Living with roommates means splitting up utility expenses, choosing a location from which work and socializing are accessible lowers your transportation costs. Plan to do what you can to save what you can.

Calculate exactly how much rent you can afford

Decide on non-negotiables

Apartment hunting can seem to take forever because it can be difficult to find one place that checks all your boxes. Find your closest match by deciding what matters most to you: do you need in-unit laundry? Do you want to live alone? Do you need a pet-friendly building? Make a list of your non-negotiable needs and wants to know where you’re flexible and where you’re not.

Prep questions before tours

The best time to ask questions about a home is when you first see it. Getting answers upfront will save you time, energy and stress. When preparing questions beforehand, consider your future day-to-day in any home you’re touring. What will be the process for any maintenance and repairs? Does the building have any future construction plans? Have there been any problems with pests in the past?

Understand the lease terms

A lease is a big commitment, so it’s important to understand all its components and terminology before signing, especially if any are at odds with your list of deal-breakers. Lease terms also cover what the landlord will permit you to do as a tenant. For example, what could prevent you from getting your security deposit back, the penalties for ending your lease early, whether or not you would be able to sublet.

Get application ready

Get your finances in order

Ultimately, landlords want to be confident that your rent will be paid throughout your lease. So along with proof of income, landlords may also require proof of good credit history in your application. If you don’t meet their requirements, you can ask the landlord if they’re open to using a guarantor. This is someone who will co-sign your lease and commit to making your rent payments if you can’t. A guarantor will then need to meet certain financial requirements themselves, and you’ll need to include proof of their financial status in your application.

Gather important documents

Most applications will require you to verify your identity with a photo ID. Beyond this, a landlord will also want to be able to predict what kind of tenant you’ll be. This means they may require information like a personal reference letter or even a background check. Application requirements vary, but it’s important to be prepared to back yourself up.

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WHY RESIDENTS RENT WITH JUNE

AFFORDABLE

Fair rates in line with local rentals, no broker fees, and a way to skip security deposits.

FLEXIBLE

Rent furnished or unfurnished, with roommates or alone, and for one – 18 months or longer.

FAST

Discover, tour and apply for a move-in-ready home online and in a matter of hours.

EASY

Enjoy a guarantor-friendly and visa-friendly application process, as well as 24/7 support and monthly resident perks once you’re living with June.


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