What are the hidden secrets of renting?
July 8, 2012 5:39 PM Subscribe
We know how to buy, sell, and own a house in the burbs, but what are the secrets to renting and living in an apartment in Boston?
In 2-3 years my family of 4 (my wife, my 2 kids who will be tweens, and I) hope to move from the small town rural life of central New Hampshire to Boston or Cambridge. We've owned 3 houses in small town/suburban areas and have gotten pretty knowledgeable about the home owning process, but we've never lived in a "big city" and haven't rented since we were young, childless, single college student types who just needed a place to drink between exams.
How do you find an apartment? How do you know the apartment will be a fit? What are the traps, pitfalls, and baits-and-switches to avoid? What are the downsides you should just expect to live with?