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One of the most important steps in finding a place to live is to view the unit - we strongly encourage that you always view a unit before signing a lease. 

Upon finding a property listing that you like, contact the landlord or property manager to set up a viewing. For a sample email, click here. 

Once you have booked a viewing, print off our Master Apartment Viewing Checklist and Landlord Q&A and bring these to your viewing so you know exactly what to look for and what to ask the landlord about the unit. 


  • Greet the landlord by name. If no name is provided in the posting, writing "Hello" is fine. 
  • State who you are and why you need a rental. Make sure to give your name. 
  • Specify which rental you are interested in. Sometimes landlords will have multiple properties, so it's best to refer to the specified number of bedrooms and the address listed in the posting. 
  • Mention where you found their ad. 
  • Ask questions about pertinent facts that may not be included in the ad. 
  • DON'T: Show that you haven't fully read the ad by asking questions already answered. 
  • DON'T: Provide too many personal details up front (such as mentioning your age - landlords are not allowed to discriminate based on these factors).