ASKING YOUR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ABOUT SWITCHING UNITS
When you originally sign your lease agreement, you will want to carefully look over every detail, asking questions where necessary, to ensure that the terms spelled out are ones you can live with for the specified lease term. While leases generally have certain properties in common, there can also be a great deal of variance between one agreement and the next. Some leases may specifically delineate what can be done when a tenant wishes to change from one unit to another one, while others do not. Of course, issues such as switching rental units are hard to take into consideration when you sit down with your landlord for a first meeting.
Like when choosing fertilizer for plants in your unit, if you asked no questions concerning switching units in your initial interview, and you do not remember you landlord mentioning this topic in the past, the best thing to do when an issue arises is inquire about the possibility of switching. When there is not one solid policy in place, your likelihood of success will probably depend on your reason for issuing this request. Knowing that such a switch on your part can prove problematic on your landlord's part, you should be prepared to give a solid reason for issuing the request when asked about it.
Reasons for Switching
If your desire to change apartments relates to an actual problem with the structure of the apartment, if there is substantial damage of some sort that was not of your own making, your landlord will probably try to work with you in some regard. When there is a problem that actually interferes with your day-to-day routine, you might request being moved to another unit if the repair would take a significant amount of time and you might find yourself temporarily displaced if not allowed to switch units. However, whether or not this is acceptable depends completely on the particular property management team you are addressing.
This is one example of why carefully perusing your lease is considered such a necessity. If you do not carefully read over the details, making assumptions about a property management team's policies on certain subjects, you may find that you have agreed to something inconvenient for you personally. For instance, some landlords may have lengthy stipulations regarding what happens if you have to vacate an apartment due to structural damage that is not your fault. Some may have stipulations in place for temporary lodging, while others may specify that another unit will be made available to you if there is a vacant one on hand.
Some property management offices now require all new tenants to purchase some version of renters insurance. While renters insurance can be a very positive protection to secure in and of itself, there is a particular aspect that may come into play in this circumstance. There is a provision in certain renters insurance packages for "additional living expenses." This would mean that if you had the coverage, and if you were displaced from your apartment for purposes of repair, the insurance would help out with hotel costs, meal costs, etc.
Asking property management about switching units can be more problematic if your reason for wishing to switch relates to a personality conflict. This conflict may be in relation to you and a fellow roommate or you and one of your closest neighbors. In this case, keep in mind that you will be asking for a change in your landlord's plan for a reason that your landlord may consider not sufficient. Your route to success in this instance is clear and confident communication.