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Frequently Asked Rental Questions

Viewing & Applying for rentals:
QWhat is the process for viewing a rental on OffCampusLeasing.com?
QWhat is the process for applying for a rental on OffCampusLeasing.com?
Q: How long does the rental process from starting the rental application to signing the lease take?
Q: My application has been accepted. What should I do now?

Rental Requirements:
QWhat are your rental requirements on OffCampusLeasing.com?
QWhat types of payments are required to lease?
Q: Do you have a local Wells Fargo bank?

Personal Safety and Needs:
Q: Is the neighborhood a safe?
Q: Who lives in the area? Who lives in the rental?
Q: Are the schools good?
Q: I'm moving to Baton Rouge, and was wondering, do you have any safety tips to follow?

Leases:
Q: Why does my lease say that I can't ___________?
Q: Can we paint the walls?
Q: Can I extend my lease?
Q: When do I need to give notice that I will not be renewing my lease?

Moving in:
Q: How do I get water and power on to my rental?
Q: What if something breaks or needs repair in my rental?

Moving out:
Q: What should I do prior to moving out?
Q: How do I get my deposit back?
Q: How long will it take to get my deposit back?





Viewing & Applying for rentals:

Q
What is the process for viewing a rental on OffCampusLeasing.com?
A:

QWhat is the process for applying for a rental on OffCampusLeasing.com?
A:
Q: How long does the rental process from starting the rental application to signing the lease take?
A: This leasing process typically takes anywhere from 24 hours to
48 hours. It can take longer if additonal documentation is requested from the applicant. It primarly depends on how promptly the applicant does what is required of them. It is important for applicants to respond to all email inquiries promptly. Failure to act promptly could result in a denied application.

Q: My application has been accepted. What should I do now?
A: First thing to do after your application has been accepted is to place payment on your rental so that it can be reserved for you. Payment information is in the next section below. Please follow them. Second, you will receive a lease to sign. Please be sure that you and any other roommates sign the lease promptly. Failure to place payments and sign lease documentation promptly could result in the landlord going to the next applicant in line, so you need to do this promptly in order to ensure that the rental is reserved for you. 




Rental Requirements:

Q
What are your rental requirements on OffCampusLeasing.com?
A: While every landlord has their own requirements, most landlords require the following in order to lease out their property.

QWhat types of payments are required to lease?
A: Properly executed money orders and cashier's checks are the only acceptable forms of payment for the security deposit, pet fees, pet deposits, and first month's rent. Second month's rent and thereafter may be paid via personal checks, money orders, cashier's checks, or online payments as directed by landlord. Cash payments are never acceptable forms of payment.
Cashier's Checks are obtained from banks. They may or may not cost you money. It depends on your bank and their policy. Money orders always cost money. They oftentimes are difficult to fill out properly as the directions are vague. Filling out a money order incorrectly could make the money order unable to be cashed. In addition, some money orders can only be purchased in $500 increments. That will mean that you will have to pay for each money order separately. It is for these reasons that we encourage renters to use cashier's checks over money orders.

Q: Do you have a local Wells Fargo bank?
A: Unfortunately, no, we do not have a local Baton Rouge Wells Fargo branch. Tenants who bank with Wells Fargo will need to make appropriate payment preparations in order to have their money readily available to obtain a money order locally.


Personal Safety and Needs
:

Q: Is the neighborhood a safe?
A: Our policy is to not comment on whether an area is safe or not. Rather we encourage all tenants to do their due diligence as every home has different security measures in place. Here are some tips in evaluating the property for yourself:
In addition, tenants are encouraged to visit the following Baton Rouge Crime Search Webpage to get real statistics on crime reports.

Q
: Who lives in the area? Who lives in the rental?

A: Our policy is to not comment about renters and neighbors. Not only do we wish to respect current tenants privacy, we also obey Federal Fair Housing regulations.

Q: Are the schools good?
A: Our policy is to not comment about surrounding public schools. Rather we would like to encourage you to do your own research at this great school website. Search for Baton Rouge School Search by zipcode at GreatSchools.org.

Q: I'm moving to Baton Rouge, and was wondering, do you have any safety tips to follow?
A: A good rule of thumb is to always lock your car doors and keep valuables out of sight. Always lock your house doors and be sure to lock the security bars (if provided).  Don't stay out late without using extra precautions. We do not recommend walking/running at night, especially alone as this could make yourself a target. A majority of crime happens to victims late in the evening and at night, so if you limit your activities during the dark hours you will greatly reduce the likelihood of becoming a target. Always be aware of your surroundings. Do not talk to strangers. If someone asks you a question, the best response is, "I don't know." Keep answering, "I don't know.", while moving away from them and to a safe area. Even in the best of areas there is theft, so if you lock up you will greatly reduce the likelihood of your belongings walking off. Getting to know your neighbors is a great way to build a friendly reciprocal relationship where you can watch out for each other, which is the essence of any Neighborhood Watch program.
Home alarms are great deterrants (and all OffCampusLeasing.com rentals offer alarm monitoring for only $15/mn, which also include a panic button.). Dogs are also great deterrants, so if your rental allows pets, which most of OffCampusLeasing.com rentals allow for pets, then that is always an option.

Q: How do I get water and power on to my rental?
A: You will need to contact your Engle Realty REALTORŪ in order to obtain the name of the previous owner. Baton Rouge Water Company handles water, trash and sewer services. Entergy handles gas and electricity services. See below in the moving in section of this page for more details.



Leases:

Q: Why does my lease say that I can't ___________?
A: Our boilerplate lease is designed to fit a large number of properties. From single-family homes to large multi-family apartments. With this in mind, it is often difficult to have something in a lease that will apply to every property. Please keep in mind that the lease provisions are made to keep tenants from doing something that will either cause a problem for the property or for the neighbors around it. So if you aren't causing issues, then the lease doesn't have to be enforced. For example, lets use the topic of window treatments. Our landlords usually installs a white or beige colored vinyl blind. Since some tenants may be inclined to forgoe this adequate window covering with tin foil or a national flag of their choosing the window covering clause was added to the lease to give the landlord authority on what may or may not be placed in the windows that is visible to the neighbors. Another example, would be the topic of cars. Actually this clause is made for  multi-unit properties with many apartments where neighbors live next to each other. It is important for a neighbor to not have a side-business of car repair or car washing as such a hobby would cause a disturbance to the tenants in the neighboring apartments. A situation where this clause may not apply as much is on the detached rental homes. While no commercial car business is allowed, the washing of tenant's personal cars is not a problem in these instances and thus the lease would not need to be enforced.  Cars, however, on the property that are in disrepair are against city code and the city would fine the land owner if the city has to tow it. In this instance, the landlord would have the desire to enforce the lease as written. Essentially, the lease is a generic lease that is used which has clauses that give the landlord the ability to fix problems in the event that they do arise. If, however, there is no problem to fix, of course, the landlord wouldn't make such clauses an issue.

Q: Can we paint the walls?
A: Most properties don't allow painting in your rentals, especially those where everything is already painted the same neutral color. A rare exception, is when the home is already painted a non-neutral color. Under these circumstances the owner may allow you to repaint the non-neutral wall, however the owner would like to okay the colors on it if they agree. Preferrably a neutral color, but if the wall is already a non-neutral color then a new non-neutral color may be okay.

Q: Can I extend my lease?
A: Under some circumstances you may extend your lease, but this is solely up to the landlord.

Q: When do I need to give notice that I will not be renewing my lease?
A: Your lease will give you a due date for this.


Moving in:
Q: How do I get water and power on to my rental?
A: You need to get the names of the previous tenant who has the utility in their own name. Call your Engle Realty REALTORŪ for the name. For example, once you have the name of the person that the electric is in, you can call the utility company to request that they transfer the utilities into your name. Both electric and gas utilities are handled by "Entergy" at 1-800-ENTERGY or 1-800-368-3749. Water, sewer, and trash utilities are all handled by "Baton Rouge Water Company" at 225-925-2011. More information on utilities may be found at this Engle Realty Baton Rouge Utility Transfer Information Page.

Q: What if something breaks or needs repair in my rental?
A: You will want to submit a maintenance request by going online to this
Maintenance Request Form.

Moving out:

Q: What should I do prior to moving out?
A: Clean the unit out thoroughly

Q: How do I get my deposit back?
A: Provided that you have paid all rents and deposits on time, have fulfilled all lease requirements, have removed all personal belongings, left the unit in good shape, and turned over the unit to the landlord clean and sanitary, you are entitled to receive your rental deposit back. The following requirements are necessary in order to receive the return of your deposit.

Q: How long will it take to get my deposit back?
A: It generally takes up to 30 days.



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