The Biggest Secret of All . . .
. . . to finding the right apartment is this: the right attitude. Have the right attitude and you'll find the right place. Have the wrong attitude, and your hunt for an apartment can be difficult. But what do we mean by "the right attitude"?
To a landlord, renting apartments is a business, no more, no less. If you don't pay the rent, the landlord loses money. If you damage the apartment, the landlord loses money by having to make repairs. If you’re a bad neighbor, the landlord can lose other tenants because of your behavior. For small landlords, it doesn't take too many nonpaying or destructive or disruptive tenants to put their business in financial jeopardy.
The “right attitude” for you is to let the landlord know that you understand their business. Let the landlord know that paying the rent on time is of paramount importance to you. Let the landlord know you’ll be a good neighbor, and that you’ll take good care of their apartment. No troublemaker here!
You will also convey the right attitude by dressing well, by being polite to everyone you meet, and by being prepared with all of your necessary paperwork when you visit apartments.