Apartment Health Hazards

Do your Homework before Signing a Lease on an Apartment

By Mark J. Donovan

Apartment living is close quarters living. Not only are most apartments small in terms of square feet, your also living in close proximity to many other people. And if the apartment accepts pets, you may be living next door to dogs and cats. As a result, there are many apartment health hazards you need to be aware of. When living in small spaces and close proximity to other people and animals, there is higher risk for diseases, noise pollution, molds and mildews. As a result, it’s critical to do your homework when checking out apartments.

When looking for apartment health hazards inspect both the outside and inside of the apartment complex, and not just the apartment itself. Make sure that maintenance is not an afterthought with the building management and landlord. One key giveaway on a poorly managed apartment complex is the quality of the hallway flooring. If the hallway flooring is worn out chances are the apartment complex will be run down in many other areas as well. Also, pay close attention to the apartment complexes heating and cooling, and ventilation system. Demand to see the apartment complexes mechanical systems to ensure they are in good working order and that they are maintained regularly.

Also ask seeing disclosure documents for lead paint, asbestos and other health hazard building materials. The last thing you want to do is move into an apartment with lead paint and asbestos concerns. Federal law requires landlords to provide all potential renters and buyers with disclosure statements on lead paint and other types of hazardous building materials within the apartment complex.

Also check the apartment and the complex itself for pests. Ask about the properties pest control program. If they don’t have one, steer clear of the apartment. Insects and rodents can be a major concern in apartment health hazards, as they spread disease and can cause physical harm to your life and property.

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So in conclusion, do your homework before signing a lease on a apartment. By doing so, you can prevent exposing yourself to a variety of apartment health hazards.

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