it’s hard not to love Beacon Hill. With historic Charles Street with restaurants galore, plus with the Boston Common close by, this downtown Boston neighborhood is is a dream. So, are you ready to look at Beacon Hill apartments for rent? You’re in luck. Here are some tips to help you find that perfect place in this lovable historic town.

1) Know Your Area

Beacon Hill has a diverse age population, comprised college students and life-long Beacon Hill real estate owners. If you’ve visited in the past and are excited about the prospect of moving here, make sure you do a little research on where you want to live. The north-side of Beacon Hill has numerous college students with Suffolk college nearby, the South-side near the Boston Common offers a different experience with Beacon Hill luxury condos. “The Flat of the Hill” is very exclusive with a more older generation and young professionals.

2) Utilize Your Resources

There are a number of resources you can use to help you navigate the Beacon Hill apartment rental market. For starter’s this website is a helpful a resource. This website provides contact information for tenant rights, legal assistance. There are also a number of phone apps for renters that will also come in handy once you decide to start looking for an apartment or condo to rent in Beacon Hill.

3) Check Your Credit

Heading into the Beacon Hill apartment rental process, it’s important to know where you stand credit and income wise. Most people know their income readily, but their credit score sometimes comes as a surprise. Potential landlords will want to know about credit blemishes and can potentially deny you for outstanding collection accounts. If you know what is on your credit ahead of time, you can either correct the blemish, or at least be able to speak to it, as opposed to being caught off-guard.

4) Timing is Everything

The peak season for Beacon Hill apartment rentals in May thru September, with leases starting September 1st as the norm. With that said, after September 1st you might be able to score a good deal and Beacon Hill apartment owners are more willing to negotiate price and terms after the September rush.

5) Review Your Lease

Beacon Hill apartment leases vary, but the standard Massachusetts lease agreement has legal terms that you’ll want to be aware of before signing. For example, what utilities are covered and which ones will you be responsible for paying? If you break your lease, will you be fined? Are you responsible for cleaning upon move out? Ask if you can get a copy at least 24 hours before signing, and spend some time reading through it. If you’d like something changed, ask your landlord to add an addendum detailing the change and make sure to sign the revised lease.

6) Follow the Rules

Almost all Beacon Hill apartment buildings. especially if its a Beacon Hill condo building will have rules & regulations within that specific community. They may range from balcony restrictions to common area availability times. It’s important to know upfront what the rules of your specific community are in order to avoid a potentially costly fine later on down the road. Most leases will include a provision stating that “if you incur an Boston condo fine, you are responsible for the fine and an additional fee to the homeowner”, so be sure to read through your Beacon Hill apartment lease.

7) Be Detailed on Your Move-In/Move-Out Inspection

The move in Beacon Hill apartment inspection should be conducted within 3 days of your move in. Be extra cautious and include every knick, ding, snag that you come across at move in because the landlord will likely be doing that on the way out. Be sure to get a completed copy of your inspection as well so that when move out time comes, you’ll know what you’re on the hook for and what not.

There you have it, utilize these tips and you’ll be here in your Beacon Hill apartment in no time. 

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