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What's your policy regarding pets?
There are good reasons why landlords don't like pets. They can be noisy, ruin the carpeting, leave a bad smell or even tear up things. Most places have a pet policy in place because of this. The policy could be as simple as, "yes it's okay to have a dog so long as it doesn't bark all the time". On the other hand, your landlord might require a nonrefundable fee to cover additional cleaning when you vacate or it might impose what's known as pet rent. You should ask about the pet policy even if you don't have a pet now because you wouldn't want to have to give up the place later because you decide to get a cat or dog.
How am I supposed to leave the apartment?
Before you move in will the entire place be cleaned and repaired? You need to take a good look at the place as you could be in for a shock when you move in and find that some of the lighting is broken and the carpets are stained. Be sure to get in writing how the place will be delivered and how you will be required to leave it. It's likely that you may have to pay for some services to get the place cleaned up when you move out so it will be ready for the next tenets. Ask if you will need to have the place professionally cleaned or just the carpet shampooed. If you fail to do whatever is required, the cost to do this will almost certainly be taken out of your security deposit.
How do you deal with emergencies and maintenance?
If you're renting from a private landlord, you need to ask what will happen if your place requires maintenance and how soon you can expect for it to happen. However, if you're renting in a big apartment complex it will have a maintenance staff and the odds that all you'll need to do is call the front desk and the issue will be resolved. If you're renting from an individual, you should ask if you can call someone to do the maintenance work and then subtract the cost from your rent or do all repairs have to go through him or her?
You not only have responsibilities as a tenant, you also have rights. Following is a video that discusses these rights including how to get your security deposit back, how to request repairs and Fair Housing laws.