Renting a Boston condo

Question: I am relocating to Boston for a job and have started to research Boston condos to rent. When would be the ideal time to start reaching out to brokers, agents, landlords and owners about apartments they have posted? Answer Congratulations. The simple answer is that you shouldn’t have any trouble moving in on the date you expect. If a place is on the market and the agent or landlord says it will be available for move-in on a given date, you can pretty much be assured it will be ready. As for timing, take your desired move-in date and count back about six or seven weeks. That should give you plenty of time for a two-or-three-day reconnaissance mission, time for the property owner to check out your credentials and time for you to arrange your move. It also gives you some negotiating flexibility. If there’s a lot of interest in the apartment you want, you can offer two weeks or a month’s rent before you actually move in.

Best time to rent a Boston condo

Now is a good time to rent a Boston condo. Most tenants in Boston are on a September cycle and it picks up again in January, this when you’ll see the most inventory, but also the most competition. Tenants usually do not move between Mid-October through December. The key to renting is being prepared. You must have your copies of W2’s, credit report, and usually three months rent to secure the apartment. If you do not have the paperwork handy or the money, save time and effort because you are competing against dozens of other tenants who are ready to rent.

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