CALPIRG: Apartment Hunting Guide

For Berkeley Students
CALPIRG Students: UC Berkeley
Last updated: 3/12/2013

Finding a new apartment can be a daunting experience. There are a ton of choices, lease terms can be confusing and just about everyone knows someone who had a bad experience with an apartment or landlord. This guide is designed to provide some simple tips for prospective student renters to help you avoid getting ripped off by a bad landlord or experiencing unforeseen problems with renting.

In this guide you'll find:

  • Step 1: Preparing for the apartment hunt
  • Step 2: The open house
  • Step 3: Negotiating and signing a lease
  • How to tell if the Building would be Unsafe in an Earthquake
  • Open House Checklist: What to look out for and questions to ask the landlord BEFORE you sign a lease
  • Other resources in Berkeley

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