- Check the furnace,
plumbing and any appliances that come with the apartment.†
- Are there enough
electrical outlets and lights?†
- Is the wiring adequate
to handle several appliances?
- Are storm windows,
screens and shades provided?
- Are the floors solid,
without holes or splinters?†
- Are the walls and
ceilings painted, papered and without cracks?
- Are the doors, windows
and entrances to the building secured?†
- Are the stairs safe and
- Are the fire escapes
- Are there fire alarms
- Are there at least two
means of egress from the second floor and above?
- Is the apartment quiet
or can you hear those next to, above or below you?
- Is there evidence of
rodents or insects?†
- Who pays for an
- Ask others in the
building about any negative aspects of living there.
- Ask previous occupants
about aspects of living there.
- If the apartment is
furnished, check for, record and save a list of all defects in the
- What is the cost of any
utilities you may be responsible for paying?† You may want to ask others in the building or previous
tenants rather than accepting a landlordís estimates.
- Is the apartment
currently rented out to someone else or is being offered to someone else?
- Have all of your
potential roommates read the lease?
- How safe is the area?
- Make and keep a list of
all existing damages or repairs that need to be made.†
- Keep a copy of the list
of existing damages or repairs and then give one to your landlord and
attach a copy to the lease if you sign one.†
- If possible, the list
of damages should be signed and dated by the landlord.†
- When you move out, such
records will assure that your security deposit will only be applied to
damages for which you are responsible.
By City of Scranton ordinance, no
more than four unrelated persons may share an apartment.