I haven't signed my apartment lease for Fall 2020, any tips for leasing while practicing social distancing during COVID-19?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a stressful and unsure Spring Semester for many USF students. You're adjusting to distance learning, canceled spring break plans, social distancing, and washing your hands more times than you ever thought possible. It's a lot. But leasing your Fall 2020 apartment doesn't have to feel stressful. Here at ApartmentsForBulls.com, we're the experts on apartments near the University of South Florida and we're coming to the rescue! 

We're not medical experts. We certainly can't offer you advice on how to avoid the Coronavirus. However, we know Tampa area apartments and we've compiled some of our best advice on how to secure your apartment for Fall 2020 and navigate new leasing procedures during these unprecedented times. The exciting news is that we live in a virtual world and many communities are really leveraging digital tools to make touring and leasing easy and seamless, even when they can't have you visit live just yet. So listen up USF students and reserve your apartment home remotely and with confidence! We'll show you how.

Begin Your Search Online

As you settle into your new normal, you likely have some extra time on your hands now that businesses and typical entertainment venues are closed. Don't let boredom smother you. Take advantage of the downtime and home get serious about finalizing your apartment choices online if you haven't already. RentTampaBay.com has tons of listings for apartments with comprehensive community descriptions, lists of community amenities, and galleries full of photos so you can see ALL the details to find your next home. Do an online search for apartments near USF and then plan to meet via Facetime with your future roommates. You can share your finds, discuss preferences, and duke it out to figure out the winning property!

Are leasing offices open? Should I call or visit?

At the time of this writing, leasing offices are closed to the public for in-person visits. However, they are open and ready for business in a VIRTUAL CAPACITY. Leasing offices have joined the remote workforce and have established remote leasing environments to serve renters. Leasing offices near USF are fielding calls and responding to emails so be sure to reach out to your favorites. The leasing agent will be available to chat and will answer your questions. Many offices are also prepared to offer virtual tours (more on that later!) 

Can I sign my lease for Fall 2020 or do I have to wait?

We're in the midst of the most popular time to sign a lease for Fall 2020 so don't delay. March and April are when you'll want to secure your lease for Fall so we highly recommend doing your research online and inquiring with your desired properties so that you can secure your housing for next Fall. Don't wait until "this all blows over". At this point, it's hard to say what federal, state, and local officials will recommend so, given the great tools available, you should have no problem proceeding with leasing your next apartment in a virtual capacity. Easy peasy.

Do you have tips for remote property tours?

We've already noted that many student apartments near the University of South Florida is featuring virtual tours. Definitely inquire if you're unsure! Many of the apartments are willing to offer one-on-one virtual tours through Facetime and similar platforms. Just like you would if you were choosing to visit properties in person, make a list of your top 3 communities and reach out. See if they can provide a virtual tour and begin to make some decisions. 

Also, don't hesitate to come prepared with questions. Don't be afraid to ask them to interact with the apartment on video so that you can see how things work. Examples of things you might ask:

  • Where is the washer and dryer located? Can you show me what they look like?
  • Can you open the closet? I want to get an idea of what the shelving is like!
  • How many outlets are there in the bedroom?

Can I apply and sign my lease without visiting the office?

Good news! It has become much more common for apartment communities to offer online application and leasing options. If you're ready to sign, the apartment community should have the capability to offer you a digital way to apply and sign a lease so just inquire with the leasing agent. It's worth noting that each community will likely have a slightly different process, especially as each apartment community adapts to this quickly changing environment so just ask, and the leasing expert will guide you through the process.

Ready to Experience a Virtual Tour?

Some of our properties on RentTampaBay.com already have virtual tours loaded onto their websites! We've curated a few for you to get you started. Check them out here!

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