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Newark, Ohio Apartments

Newark, Ohio apartments are getting more difficult to find. The foreclosure rate and decreasing income of Licking County, Ohio residents hit by a bad economy are driving up the demand for less expensive housing. What used be a very simple task of finding an apartment with the amenities and price range for a renter’s needs keeps getting more

Newark, Ohio Apartments

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difficult. Renting is also appealing to the aging demographics in Newark, Ohio, which adds to the demand also.

Newark’s choices for apartments used to be easier. Decent apartments looked decent and bad ones were obviously bad. That line is getting more blurred now as complexes begin attempting to fill the government backed renters. I know, you’re a bad person if you say anything against those on assistance because they’re not bad people. The problem is that the law protects the bad people on assistance that have all day to do whatever they please around the neighborhood. They’re protected in ways that many of us are not because of the difficulties involved with evicting them or turning them down for government subsidized housing.  Ask anyone who has lived never government subsidized housing if they would like to move to an area without it.

It used to be unheard of to hear of any serious crime in Heath’s apartments, but now there are numerous incidents and a very small police force to respond. Crime is up and the number of people that are an obvious problem are seen everywhere in Heath, Ohio.

Since you can’t tell by usual observation, realtors, apartment managers, and other usual reliable sources, there is only one way to find out what the neighborhood is really like and that’s to visit frequently and network. If you visit a complex that you’re considering a few times, you’ll get the feel for it and nothing beats the word-of-mouth about the location from those that live there. Police are a great resource for finding out how much they frequent a complex.

A good idea for starters is to look for the smaller complexes on the outer edges of town. Many seeking peace and quiet live here. Quiet farm houses on the edge of town can be rented as farmers struggle to keep the farms. Larger well kept complexes are risky, but still a better bet than the common areas. It’s not unusual to even find land contract and “rent-to-own” deals that are results of desperate owners and eager investors in a slow market.

The last thing you want to do is to jump in with both feet into a complex that appears ok on the surface, but quickly turns into a hassle area when you move in. Keep in mind that some of these complexes with the most trouble try to enforce your right to even protect yourself with a gun in the apartment! Take the time to snoop on the prospective neighborhood.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many great rentals available. You’ll find them easily. It’s just that some unsuspected problems and being locked into a lease are becoming more and more of a problem at the current time. A little research before signing the lease can save you a year of regrets.

Here is a list of Newark, Ohio apartment complexes and real estate agents to assist in searching.

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