Renting a Home
The median rental price in Lawton is about $704 per month, depending on location and amenities. As with purchasing a home, considering your own budget and financial plan is important when looking at rental properties. You will want to think about what kind of place you want—a house, condo, town home or apartment—as well as how big of a place you will need, whether you want a garage, location and extras such as a pool or security building.
Resources for searching can include local newspaper ads or a property management company. There are also helpful websites such as http://www.craigslist.org and http://www.rentals.com. Make sure you research both the area and the rental unit before making a commitment. Talk to the property manager and make sure there is no miscommunication in what is expected of you as the renter and what is expected of the landlord. Talk to other tenants, visit the neighborhood at various times to gauge activity levels and check with the local police to review the crime rates in the area. If you are renting a condo or a unit in a gated community, look at the homeowner’s association rules to make sure you are comfortable with the requirements.
Always do a walkthrough of the property before you sign the lease, making sure to note any issues and getting a signed walkthrough statement. Read the lease agreement thoroughly before you sign it. A standard lease will include your monthly rental amount, due dates and late fees, as well as the amount of your security deposit. The lease should also specify how long you are legally bound to live there, what kind of notice you have to give for moving out and how long it will take the landlord to refund your security deposit.