three-bedroom apartments with luxurious
high-end finishes are located within walking
distance to everything you need.
Broomfield: Broomfield has begun to come
into its own in recent years, rejecting its
previous identity as Boulder’s “overflow”
community. In the ‘90s, the tech industry
boomed here, and it continues to provide
employment opportunities at companies
like Level 3 Communications and Oracle.
FlatIron Crossing Mall draws shoppers
from all over the region, as well as serving
as a community anchor. Numerous housing
options present themselves here, from upscale
apartments to more affordable choices. The
Interlocken Business Park area offers extensive corporate housing that accommodates
business travelers looking for short-term
FINDING AN APARTMENT
How do you find the perfect place to live
in metro Denver? craigslist and padmapper
are popular here, as they are in other parts
of the country. If you already live in Denver,
you could also drive around the part of town
you think you might want to live in and try
to find “for rent” signs. But if you don’t live
anywhere nearby, finding a great Denver
apartment can be more difficult.
Lots of things can complicate an apartment
hunt, like financial constraints or having pets.
Fortunately, metro Denver tends to be very
pet friendly. Denver has dozens of dog parks,
where you can let your furry friend run free
and even socialize with their own species.
However, not every landlord is understanding
about tenants with pets. Owning a pet often
means more liability for a landlord, so some
choose to avoid problems simply by not
allowing them. Overall, though, many buildings in the Denver area allow pets. Sometimes
you’ll encounter restrictions on species, size
and breed. It isn’t uncommon for landlords in
Denver to ask for a pet deposit that you pay
when you move in. If your pet does not cause
damage to the apartment, you are entitled to
receive the deposit when you move out. “Pet
rent” is also increasingly common, which
requires that pet owners pay an extra fee
with rent each month. If you come across an
apartment you love that does not allow pets,
offer to get pet liability insurance. The landlord may change his or her mind.
INSURANCE + TENANT RIGHTS
Although finding an apartment in the metro
region is sometimes difficult, actually securing
a place once you find something you want
can be even more difficult! Denver has had
a tight rental market for several years now,
with demand outpacing availability of units.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find
an affordable unit in a desirable part of town
(especially if you have pets). Competition
among renters is high, and prices continue
to rise. When you’ve found the perfect apart-
ment, you’ll want to increase your changes of
securing it before someone else beats you to it!
It can be a good idea to bring all of the infor-
mation you need to fill out an application on
site, as well as a security deposit check to put
down if you decide you really want a unit. Be
advised that if you try to haggle over prices,
you might be less than successful. Make sure
to understand the area’s housing regulations,
renter’s insurance options and your rights as a
tenant—before your hunt for the perfect apart-
ment even starts.
Renter’s Insurance: The state of Colorado
encourages (but does not require) tenants
to buy renter’s insurance to protect their
personal belongings against losses caused
by fire, theft or vandalism. The cost varies
depending on the value of your personal
possessions, but is relatively low. Compare
rates before you commit to buying a specific
type of insurance. Create a list of what
you own and each item’s value. You’ll be
thankful you bought renter’s insurance if the
unthinkable happens and you are faced with
5 TENANT TIPS
1. Be prepared. If certain rental properties are in high demand and are selective in renting or
leasing to applicants, you will gain a competitive edge by having the following information with
you: a completed rental application; written references from landlords, employers, friends and/or
colleagues; and a current copy of your credit report.
What you should know
3. Carefully review all the important conditions of the tenancy before you sign on the dotted line. Your lease or rental agreement may
contain a provision that you find unacceptable, such as restrictions on guests or pets, design alterations or running a home business.
4. To avoid misunderstandings, keep copies of any correspondence
with the landlord and follow up any oral agreements with a letter,
outlining your understanding. For example, if you ask your landlord to
make repairs, put your request in writing and keep a copy for yourself.
If he or she agrees orally, send a letter confirming this fact.
2. Purchase renters’ insurance
to cover your valuables. Your
landlord’s insurance policy will
not cover your losses.
5. Learn whether the building and neighborhood you are
considering are safe. Get copies of any state or local laws that
require safety devices such as deadbolts and window locks;
check out the property’s vulnerability to intrusion by a criminal,
and learn whether criminal incidents have already occurred.