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1. When's the best time to start looking for an apartment?

A: Generally 3 months before your looking to move. Tenants have 60-90 days notice to notify the landlord as to wether their going to renew or move out. We DO get listings before that time hits, however, so it's always best to keep checking out website!

There's also two different turnover cycles - JUNE and SEPTEMBER. So the spring and the summer are our busiest seasons. 

2. I have a dog or a cat. Is JP pet friendly?

A. YES, much of JP is pet friendly! Not all units are, though - it depends on the preferences of your landlord. Information regarding pet policies for each unit can be found on our listings pages.

3. Do you have any listings outside of JP?

A. Yes, we do! We also have lots of Roslindale, and sometimes West Roxbury and Mission Hill. However, we do mainly focus on renting in JP.

4. What is the average pricing like here?

A. It can depend on location. The closer to Central and the train, the more expensive places will be. 

5. How's parking?

A. Street parking's everywhere! Most parts of JP don't need residential stickers, but getting one's pretty easy if you do. They're available through Boston's City Hall - 617.635.4200.You'll need your car registered and ensured as your new address to get a sticker,. 

6. What costs should I expect up front? 

A. At most an apartment could require FOUR up front move-in costs (on top of application fees) - FIRST MONTH, LAST MONTH, SECURITY and BROKERAGE FEE. You will likely be required to pay at least 3 of the 4, but it is still best to prepare for all three just in case.

7. Do leases always have to be one year? 

A. Nope. Leases can be any length of time the Landlord prefers. Most leases end 5/31 or 8/31. 

8. Do you run my credit report? Is it hard or soft pull?

A. Yes, we are required to run a hard pull credit report when applying for an apartment. 

9. I have either bad credit, little credit or no credit. Does that make me ineligible for an apartment? 

A. Not necessarily, but it also depends on the landlord. It is always wise to prepare a cosigner as backup if you have any concerns. 

10. What types of employment verification can I provide you with? 

A. 2 recent paystubs, offer letter for a job, tax returns, bank statements and financial aid statements all count towards your verification. 

11. How do I know I can afford the apartment?

A. A year's worth of rent must be 1/3 of your yearly salary to officially afford an apartment in Boston.



Jamaica Plain Rentals & Sales, INC
480 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone:   617.524.2787
Fax:       617.524.6551
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Email: info@jprentals.com
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