It is that time of year when freshman are looking at apartment rentals for next year. Or perhaps your student is already living in an apartment and are being pressured to renew with the promise of no major rent increase. It is hard to imagine making a decision so early, however; the demand for living in certain areas is driving the need to sign early. You will hear them mention specific apartments yet all you want to know is the rent amount, is the area safe, how much it costs to rent an apartment. There will be questions you may not have thought to ask.
With apartment complexes competing to get leases signed early, your student is ready to sign. But will signing early cause them to miss out on special rates offered to fill remnant space? Many parents experienced this last year with their leases running almost $200/month more than late advertised deals.