October 18, 2019

How To Find Housing

The PassportUSA Travel and Housing team will gladly assist you with your housing options in the USA, however, it is ultimately your decision where you decide to live.Here are key things to examine before you commit to a lease:Your budget. What can you afford?Use�Rentometer�to see if the rent you are paying is in line with the area you are living in.

  • Note that rent must always be paid on time, or else you could be charged an additional fee.
  • Utilities like gas, electric, water, and trash removal are extra costs in addition to your rent, and some utilities may be included depending on the lease. Cable and internet will be extra costs too.
  • The key point here it to avoid surprise hits to your budget.

Do you want a roommate? By splitting the rent with a roommate, you can save more money.How near do you want to be to work, convenience stores, schools and public transportation? As a healthcare professional you may find yourself on call to report to work and some hospitals may require you to live within a certain distance or time from the facility. be sure you know this as well.What kind of amenities do you want, like a dishwasher, stove, microwave, laundry on-site, ample parking spaces, quietness at night?Read current apartment reviews about the maintenance and safety at the apartment.Understand security deposits.�A security deposit is a fixed amount of money you pay your landlord, or management company, to cover any damage you might cause to the property. The landlord can't spend that money while you live in the apartment but you need to understand what will impact the return of your deposit when you move out.Pets! Make sure you know the apartment's policy on the size, number, and type of pets you may or may not own. Going against their pet policy will most always impact the return of your security policy and may even result in termination of your lease and fines if you violate the policy.When you get your housing options from our Travel and Housing team, you should pre-schedule apartment/house tours with landlords or building management so you can start looking at places by yourself, with fellow co-workers, or with your family after you finish your mandatory arrival activities with your designated PassportUSA Arrival Coordinator.Be sure to check out more great articles in the Employee Education Center to help you succeed in your new life in the USA!

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