What is your lease period?
All apartments are rented from June 1st to May 28th unless specified otherwise. Virtually all student apartments in RPI neighborhood are rented this way.
When are your showings?
I am happy to show the apartment to any group that has committed people for each of the bedrooms. I generally show apartments during the hours of Mon – Fri, 4:30pm – 7:30 pm. On weekends I will show them Noon to 4 pm. Please assist me to provide my current tenants 24 hours notice. Text or call me with your name, the showing time at which the large part of your group will be able to meet, how many are intending to rent, and which apartment your group would like to see. I can often show at other times as the need may arise because I live and work nearby.
What are your apartments like?
My apartments are some of the most beautiful, most meticulously maintained apartments in the city of Troy. I have spent an inordinate amount of time and money renovating each house and put a lot of work into maintenance, repair, and ongoing upgrades to keep the apartments in nice condition. When you move in, your apartment will be in excellent condition. I expect that you maintain your apartment in excellent condition. You are expected to keep your apartment clean, and let me know of any needed repairs immediately so they can be taken care of. If you are looking for an apartment you will be proud to show your friends and family you are in the right place. If you are just looking for a typical student apartment, and you do not think your group will keep it clean, or you are certain your group members will want to have parties, please spare us the time. You will be happier elsewhere.
Do you allow parties?
Having a clean, high-end apartment and having large house parties are incompatible. Large parties will often cause damage and attract unwanted attention for you and me. You are welcome to have your friends over and enjoy yourselves in your own apartment, but parties of 10 or more people are not allowed and will incur a $250 fine per occurrence. Any kegs found will also incur a fine.
Where can I see an sample lease?
I will print out and bring a copy of the lease to the lease signing meeting. If you have any specific questions about the lease before our meeting please ask me through the contact page
What are your deposits?
I require a refundable deposit which is one month rent, collected at lease signing. I will also collect signatures on the lease.
What should I do if I am ready to apply?
Those who have secured my apartments in the past have been those who have planned well ahead. Therefore it is ultimately beneficial to determine the number of people in your group as soon as possible. When you are ready to apply (everyone on board, parents spoken to if needed, money ready for security deposit, etc.) please submit the application form for each person for my review. If approved, we will set up a time to review and sign the lease. At that time I will need to collect the security deposit/binder. This is refundable if the apartment is left in clean, undamaged condition at the end of your lease.
Do I need roomates?
Yes. RPI, Russell Sage, and websites such as Craigslist have places to help you find a fellow roommate. I only rent to cohesive groups who can commit to the lease for the whole apartment and lease period.
Are utilities are included?
Yes. Your rent payment covers electric, gas, heat, recycling, water, and sewer. The City of Troy provides trash pickup. You are responsible for Cable TV/Internet, if you want the services. If you need to set up high speed internet without TV, it costs approximately $55 per month per apartment. Beman Park Properties covers the utilities because this value added service assists the group to avoid this monthly negotiation and potential conflict. Usage is monitored and your judicious use of utilities is imperative.
What if my parents have questions?
Parents are encouraged to email, text or call me with questions if they are not answered here. I will also show the apartment to them if they arrange it 24 hours in advance.
What is your pets policy?
Cats and other small animals may be allowed with written permission. I do not allow dogs in my apartments under any circumstances. The apartments are all renovated with beautiful floors and they can cause too much damage.
Do you allow subleasing?
Subleases are common and easily executed by following the requirements for subleases and securing my written approval. I will need notification by email if you wish to sublease. All sub-leases are transacted with a $100 service fee.
What if I have a question that was not covered in the FAQ?
If you have any questions please ask, or contact us.