Apartment Rentals

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Looking for a new apartment? Kunevich & Lau can help, we have the largest database of apartment listings throughout Greater Boston and specialize in no fee listings (saving you money). Our experienced agents will spend the time to explain the process and match your needs to the perfect apartment. Click here for faqs about the rental process.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Why work with a rental agent?

Finding an apartment in Boston can be a daunting task, especially if you are unfamiliar with the areas or have never rented an apartment in Boston before. Working with an agent will save you hours of viewing ads, or trying to setup appointments. We will show you an array of units that fit your search criteria. We will also help you through the process from the application phase, to lease signing, to moving in. A good agent will be able to guide you to the good landlords, the best units and may have exclusive listings no one else has access to.

Why work with Kunevich & Lau?

We are experts in the Boston rental market with over 35 years of experience. We have hundreds of exclusive apartments, most of which are no-fee listings. We are available 7 days a week to help you find your next home.

What is a rental fee and why should I pay one?

A rental fee is equivalent to one months rent (paid in part or in full by the tenant(s), landlord or by both). This fee is a commission paid to the real estate agent (when you find an apartment you want) and how real estate agents make their living. A rental fee is equivalent to one months rent. We have the largest database of no fee listings in Boston. The reason why you should pay a fee is that it may give you access to certain units on the market you wouldn't be able to view otherwise, and you save the time and aggrivation of viewing units on your own, setting up appointments, or worst, ending up with a landlord or unit that you will regret renting from.An agent will also help you do all the paperwork, deal with the landlord and make sure your move in process goes smoothly.

How do I take an apartment off the market?

In order to take an apartment off the market (so no one else rents it before you do) we need a completed application, a deposit equivalent to one months rent, and a co-signer form/I-20 for students. These items will take the apartment off of the market and will start the backgound check and approval process.Some landlords may also require id's or proof of income.

Can I rent an apartment without being present?

We help many clients rent apartments "sight unseen" typically the process is:

You speak to one of our agents over the phone to discuss exactly what you need
  • We review the areas and specific units that fit your needs.
  • We send you pictures/videos of the exact unit you would be renting
  • Once we decide on an apartment we will email/fax you an application fill out, which you will fill out and send back to us
  • You will need to mail/transfer the first months rent and any application fees
  • We will mail you lease paperwork for you to sign and mail back, which we bring to the landlord
  • We then coordinate when and where to meet you when you do finally come to Boston

What should I expect to pay for move in costs?

Depending upon the apartment/landlord you could required to pay first and last months rent and a security deposit of one month's rent. Some landlords only require a combination of the three, but you should be prepared to pay all three. Some landlords may also charge a key deposit or cleaning fee. There may also be a broker's fee of one months rent, but depending on the unit this may be split or paid for by the landlord.

What information should I bring to the appointment?

You should bring a check book to be able to put a deposit down on a unit you like:
  • Proof of employment along with phone number of your employer( a school id if in school)
  • Phone number to your current or previous landlord( if applicable)
  • A government issued form of id(i.e drivers lcense)
  • If you are self employed you will need to show proof of income such as taxreturns,or financial statements

How much do utilities cost?

Many apartments include heat and hot water, if they don't the best way to get exact numbers for heating/electricity costs for a specific apartment is to call the utilitiy provider. If you give them the address of the apartment they will give you the high and llows for the past year for these utilities

Can I move in early?

It would need to depend on the current tenants whether they can vacate early, as well as the landlord, many landlords require written acknowledgement or a prorated rent to move in early.

How do you qualifiy me financially for an apartment?

Every landlord has different qualifying criteria, but a rule of thumb is that landlords usually require that your monthly income be 3-4 times your monthly rent. This does not include your other expenses which must be taken into consideration when figuring out how much you can pay. If you don't qualify some landlords may take a co-signer.

What is a co-signer, do I need one?

A co-signer is someone who will vouch that they will pay for any costs related to the applicant they are co-signing for.A co-signer typically needs strong credit and the income necessary to support themself as well as the person they are co-signing for.A co-signer is needed for all students, and many times for young professionals who may not have the credit or work history, or income to qualify on their own.

Finding an apartment in Boston can be an adventure. It is a time sensitive business where demand for apartments is high and the supply is low. We make the process easy for our clients.We know every building in the areas we cover, have real time apartment listings and our extensive landlord relationships ensure we get you into the apartments you want to view.

We will take care of all of the paperwork and landlord communication, all you need to do is contact us today to start your search.

Please contact us today to speak to one of our agents to setup an appointment today.