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Important information for those thinking of renting a Beacon Hill condo or apartment

In today’s, Boston real estate blog post I’ll discuss the importance of understanding Boston Beacon Hill apartment leases. What is included in a standard Beacon Hill lease along with some omitted items, and why they are important.

How often are locks changed?

As a Beacon Hill tenant you might not consider this until it’s too late. A good landlord should always ensure to change the keys to the Beacon Hill apartment or Beacon Hill condo they’re renting to you. When a tenant moves out you should ask if they changed the lock. Keys should especially be changed if anyone ever loses a set of keys which can mean danger for everyone else living in the building.

What will be done to the apartment before you move-in? 

Will old appliances be replaced? Will there be a fresh new coat of paint on the walls? Will the bathroom be cleaned? Will the current damages in the apartment be fixed before you move in? Asking these questions will ensure that you know what to expect when you actually move into the Beacon Hill condo for rent.

What exact fixtures and appliances are included? 

You might assume that your Beacon Hill landlord is legally required to provide you with basic fixtures or appliances however they are not. This is why it is important to ask your landlord or your Beacon Hill real estate broker before moving in. Ask what is included and provided. Knowing what’s being supplied by the landlord will also help establish who is in charge of fixing normal wear and tear issues that may arise.

Any major upcoming renovations or construction planned? 

This one is quite self-explanatory, but you as a Beacon Hill tenant you’re aware and ensured your right to quiet enjoyment of the Boston Beacon Hill apartment/condo 

How are maintenance issues handled?

It’s inevitable that at some point, something in your Beacon Hill apartment might stop working. That’s why it is important  that you understand what you’re responsible and what the landlord is responsible for. It’s also good to find out from the landlord, what he considers to be an emergency maintenance request and if there is someone available 24/7.

What counts as “normal wear and tear”?

Some Beacon Hill real estate landlords might be okay with a few scratches on the walls or hooks installed. While others might immediately take that out of your security deposit. It is important to establish your landlord’s idea of what “normal wear and tear” is before you move in.

To what extent can the unit be personalized 

Beacon Hill landlords have their own tolerances for the number of customization from their tenants. Some may be okay with their tenants painting the cabinets, installing shelves, etc,. Whereas others, might be upset from a simple nail in the wall. It’s important to establish what your landlord is okay with prior to signing the lease.

What is the guest policy? 

While some Beacon Hill condo landlords are okay with you having guests stay over, others might not. Establishing the exact policy will leave no room for interpretation and avoid any unpleasant situations.

How will the landlord handle neighbor complaints

While escalating issues with your neighbors to your landlord should be considered as a last resort. It should still be important to hear how your landlord plans to handle such issues. For example, will he be willing to speak directly to the neighbors or take drastic action if another neighbor is breaking building policies?

Have there been any pest infestations? 

It’s possible in Beacon Hill, like any other neighborhood in the city to have pests. Be sure to ask your landlord if any of these infestations have taken place on the property and what was done to resolve the issue. 


In my 20 years as a Boston Beacon Hill real estate agent, I’ve found most individuals has a good to great experience living in Beacon Hill. Many of my past tenants, actually moved up from renters to Boston Beacon Hill condo owners.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 617-595-3712.

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