When you’re renting an apartment, the lease comes with a fine print that you likely never read for sheer excitement with the new hub you’re going to be acquiring. No more late-night bus rides or having to calculate to leave your door three hours in advance if you plan to maintain even a small resemblance of a social life. If you lived with your parents all the way through university and had to deal with those dreaded hour and a half-long metro and bus rides all the way to your downtown university, then renting out your apartment near work in the city can feel like a bit of a luxury. If your best friend asks you out for matcha tea on a cool new Montreal café on Sherbrooke, all you’ve got to do is get out of your jammies and into those boyfriend jeans and leather jacket. Give it fifteen minutes tops and you’re out of there, on your way to a cute terrace date in the heat of the city. Yes, your mind may be swarming with beautiful thoughts of the freedom of living so close to work and a nightlife scene, but you’re forgetting about many of the responsibilities that renting comes with. Those fine line tenets can get you evicted from this haven if you don’t zoom into them closely enough.


Perhaps this apartment is good to stay—in your mind—for at least the entire year. Brad Roemer, the owner at Brad Roemer Realtor, highly suggests that you read up on what your landlord allows you to do with your wall space. You may have seen some of the blog posts on Brad Roemer’s interior design blog and thought to yourself, “hey it might be nice to create my own Pinterest-esque wall art of my own?” You may in fact be charged a great amount if you play around with your walls—playing as in painting it or hanging up picture frames. Especially if you’re going with the collage style where you may end up with six different variations of city landscapes from Tokyo to Porto, it may just not be worth it if you’re going to have to spend some extra money for the refurbishing of your walls after your lease is up.


Another note you need to be aware of the swapping in locks. If you’re moving to a city that is renowned for it’s late-night criminal charges then it can be quite jarring to think of who has copies of your lock. Brad Roemer has seen many tenants change their locks for this exact reason, in which the landlord inevitably got upset later on. If you are the anxious-type who stays up at night listening to every little sound and sweating over whether someone just opened up the window to steal your mac computer and flat-screen TV then yes, it would do you well to swap locks for a new one. But first ask your landlord for their permission as switching locks are considered an alteration.


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