Moving into corporate apartments is a convenient way to obtain short-term or temporary housing when you move to a new city, either for a new job or a contract assignment. However, you have to treat the corporate apartments like any other apartment complex in that there are going to be a lot of people living in a relatively small area. It's easy to treat the apartments like another type of hotel and thus subject to hotel laws in the state. But rental apartments may follow regular renter-landlord laws instead, so get your list of rental questions ready before you make a reservation.
Does the Complex Have Quiet Hours?
You'll be in full apartments with TVs and stereos, and possibly among neighbors having guests over for dinner. Find out if the apartments have a quiet-hours policy that requires tenants to cut the noise between certain hours so you can sleep without hearing booming bass lines or party noise.
What Is the Smoking Policy?
You need to know if your building will allow smokers because the smoke can drift between rooms, under doors and through tiny cracks such as in electrical outlets. Plus, if smokers stand on patios or balconies, the smoke can drift through open windows. Hotels often have rooms set aside for smokers (if they allow smoking at all), so you can avoid those areas when staying at hotels. But corporate apartments could have a mix, where smoking is allowed in different areas, so that layout is something you need to check.
Can Tenants Bring in Small Pieces of Furniture?
Corporate apartments are furnished, but they might not have items like file cabinets or safes. That means your personal papers won't be very secure unless you bring in a file cabinet of your own. However, you have to check if the complex will allow tenants to bring in furniture like that. For many places, as long as the furniture won't create a hazard, it will be OK, but others may have different policies in place.
What Is the Kitchen Ventilation Like?
The apartments should be built to local codes -- the issue is whether the codes in place at the time the apartments were built required kitchen ventilation. Believe it or not, sometimes acceptable ventilation, as far as the law is concerned, is a nearby window and not a vent hood over the stove. Make sure you know what you're getting so that you know what to expect in terms of lingering cooking smells.
The apartment complex's manager can answer these questions for you easily. They want tenants to be happy in the complex and will work with you to find a place that meets your needs.