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A Guide for renting an apartment in Tel Aviv

You can find apartment listings in local papers and on numerous websites. Finding the right apartment for you is usually a tedious and sometimes very frustrating task. It can take a large portion of your time doing the research, making the calls, setting up appointments, finding the apartment when it is time to visit. Working with a broker alleviates a lot of the stress as they will help filter through all the listings, and they would have also visited the apartment beforehand, identifying the truth to the condition, renovation and any other claims listed by the owner. Brokers will also help you evaluate a fair market price and help you negotiate the terms and price. Generally speaking, a broker's fee is usually 1 months' rent + V.A.T. Time is money, so it's your decision if this is a valuable fee.

The Apartment
• Location – proximity to work, schools, beach, religious and social centers
• Type of apartment – size, # of rooms, balcony, storage, parking
• Local Transportation
• Be sure to visit the apartment and neighborhood both in daytime and nighttime to see issues such as noise levels and sunlight.

Your Budget
• Know your budget
• Find out the additional hard costs such as Vad Bayit and Arnona
• Dude vs. Dude Shemesh – this is your water boiler system. Some apartments luckily have a dude shemesh which aid in bringing down the cost of heating water as it uses solar power.

The Lease – Be sure to check the apartment thoroughly before signing the contract. It is ok to sign a Hebrew contract, just be sure to have someone, preferably an attorney, who has your interest at heart to look it over and translate it for you. Here are some things you will want to make sure are covered in the contract.
• Be sure to identify the Landlord's information as well as your own. Name, ID#, and address are suffice.
• It should be stated that the landlord has title to the property
• Duration of Lease – Ensure that all dates and information is correct.
• Out Clause – this should stipulate that should you want to vacate the apartment early, the tenant will not have to pay the remainder of the year if the tenant finds an agreeable tenant in their place.
• Extension Terms ( if this is applicable)
• Descriptions of the Premises – usually apartment rentals are just the bare walls. Detail if there are any damages or defects. Establish if the landlord is to repair these within an agreed upon time frame.
• It should be outlined that any repairs required caused by normal wear and tear is the responsibility of the landlord and any damages caused by the tenant are required to be fixed at the tenant's expense.
• Detail if any furniture or appliances (i.e. Refrigerator, AC Unit) are included with the lease and the status of their condition

Payment
• It is common practice that the landlord request 12 postdated checks for the rent payments at the time of signing.
• A 2-3 month security guarantee in addition to first and last month's rent, is also requested at time of signing
• In addition 2 guarantors are also required to sign for you.

Insurance
• It is expected but not always put in practice that insurance be required in the contract.
• Structural insurance should be covered by the owner
• Content insurance is the responsibility of the tenant
• 3rd party insurance is commonly the responsibility of the tenant as well. This is also in the best interest of the tenant to have this insurance.

Misc
• Have the landlord read with you the water and electrical meters so you do not pay for the previous tenants debt.
• Establish in advance if there is any limitations on having pets if this is applicable to you.
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