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REQUESTING A DIFFERENT APARTMENT

For many people living in a complex, it is possible to switch apartments within your building. Let's say you are living in a studio but would prefer the space of a one bedroom. Or, perhaps you are currently on the ground floor but want to move up a few floors for a better view. Or maybe you want to move away from the smelly neighbor that always cooks curries and listens to bad pop music on weekends. Whatever the case, if you want to request a different apartment, you need to go about it the right away.

If your landlord owns the entire building then you can request to move to a different apartment once you're moved out of the dorms. However, if your landlord is the owner of just one apartment in the complex, then you will not be able to make the switch without going through the entire process again. If you are going through a rental company or property management company that manages the entire complex, then they may be able to help you out, even if this means switching landlords and moving to an apartment owned by a different person.

There are several reasons why you may want to move to a different apartment. You may love the atmosphere of the complex and the facilities that comes with it; you may love the part of town where you are living but you may want something a little more out of your specific apartment. You may not be happy with the layout of the apartment or you may want more space and an extra bedroom. You may want a corner block with a larger balcony or you may want a ground floor apartment so you don't have to lug your groceries up ten flights of stairs every week.

Asking your Landlord for a Different Apartment

The best time to ask your landlord to make the switch to a new apartment is when your lease is almost up. Let him know that you want to remain in the same complex but are looking for a place more suited towards your needs. Ask him if any of the apartments that he owns will be available for rent and if you could have the first look. Your landlord will most likely be happy to keep you in his building as long as you are a good tenant. This means he doesn't have to find two new replacement tenants - he will just need to find someone for your apartment.

If you are working with a property management company or real estate agent then you will also need to wait until the lease is completely up before you start to look for a different apartment. This is because your lease is with the owner of that particular apartment and you need to fulfill your obligations to him before you move on to a different apartment with a different owner.

Regardless of whether you are living in a complex owned by the same landlord or by individual investors, timing is everything when requesting a different apartment. Be honest and upfront about why you want to make the move. Your landlord will completely understand as long as you give him some reasons. You want more space, you want a better view, you want a ground floor unit - all of these are reasonable requests. As long as your landlord is a nice guy and enjoys having you in the building and there is an apartment coming up that suits your needs, then you should have no problem having your request for a new apartment granted.

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