While renting a Beacon Hill apartment, it is important to remember that there are both short-term and long-term costs involved. Long-term costs mainly include rent and utility bills. Short-term costs include Beacon Hill apartment broker fees, security deposit, and other expenses (e.g. renter’s insurance, utility deposit) that are largely dependent on the landlord. For instance, you will have to sign up for utilities when you rent a Beacon Hill apartment, which will me a monthly added expense per month. However, if the landlord has utilities under their name it might be built into the rent. Some landlords require renter’s insurance. Other expenses may include pet deposit (or monthly pet fee). Some landlords require you to pay rent for the first and last month in advance.

It is also important to have some extra cash on hand to manage moving expenses and any other spending that may crop up, Be aware that your expenses will vary from one city to another, and one community to another.

Type of Beacon Hill Apartment

What are you looking for in a Beacon Hill apartment? Do you want a studio or a single bedroom? Would you like to be situated near the T station? Write down all the criteria for your ideal Beacon Hill apartment, and keep the list handy as you do your search. Websites, like bostonreb.com, allow you to choose specific filters that narrow your selection and make it easier to shortlist places. All  Beacon Hill apartment listings are verified and are available for rent

Going on Your First Beacon Hill Apartment Tour

Here are some things to check during apartment tours.

  • Check the locks on the doors and windows of the Beacon Hill apartment (and the door of the building as well), to ensure they close properly. If there is condensation on the windows, they aren’t closed properly.
  • Check if the floor is slanted and/or warped in any way, as that could be a sign of a previous or existing leak.
  • Another leaky clue: Make sure there are no spots on the ceilings and/or walls.
  • Turn on the water to make sure the pressure and color are to your liking.
  • Look around for both good outlet locations and livable socket numbers.
  • Notice how much natural sunlight the apartment receives. Light has a major impact on your overall mood, so keep an eye out for big windows.
  • Try out the appliances. If anything doesn’t work, ask the landlord if they are willing to fix or replace it. Get a confirmation in writing, if possible.
  • If you see little holes in the wood floor, it is an indication that bugs likely were there. If you see steel wool stuffed into any crevices, rodents were there. Bring these issues up with the landlord.
  • If you have a car, ask about parking availability, security and monthly costs.

While visiting, take the opportunity to ask current tenants you may run into about their experience living at the apartment complex.

Rental Application

After you have found a Beacon Hill apartment you like, the next step is to fill out a rental application. As part of the application process, you may need to provide employment info, bank statements, credit score, etc. If you don’t have the best credit, don’t worry. There are ways for you to rent an apartment with bad credit or rent with no credit at all. In some cases, you may be asked to have a co-signer on the lease, especially since this is your first apartment rental.

Beacon Hill Apartment Lease

When you have the lease in hand, read through it carefully, and don’t be shy asking for any clarification, if you need to. If you want another opinion, get an experienced friend or family member to look through the document. Make sure that you know all the important facts, such as monthly rent due date, on-site maintenance policy, cost of amenities, sublease policy, parking fees, etc.

Beacon Hill Apartments for Rent

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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