FAQs about our True Renew Lease

  • What is the application process?
  1. Fill out the True Renew Tenant quick application: https://forms.gle/LMydjLtuviGe5tXc8 
  2. Email truerenewhomes@gmail.com to introduce yourself and ask any questions you have after looking over the apartment info.
  3. If you would like to move forward after seeing the video tour included in the apt info, you will not need to schedule an in-person tour. 
  4. Alicia likes to meet potential renters, so you might be asked to give her a call for a quick conversation if the apartment is a good fit for you. 
  5. Email us your current (or previous if you are not renting now) landlord name, phone number, email address, and your address when they were your landlord. After we hear back from them, your application can be approved and you can sign the lease online! 
  • How long is the lease term?

Our leases are 12 month fixed-term leases (minus 6 days for maintenance at the end of the lease). The lease start dates are posted on each apartment info page. 

Fall semester only leases (August – December) often result in the property owner losing $1000+ when compared to a continuous 12 month lease, so that is not something we do regularly. 

The 6 days for maintenance at the end of our leases gives the space needed for us to clean, repair and prepare the apartment for incoming renters. If a renter renews after the first year, there will be no gap between leases and the following lease(s) will be a full 12 months.

  • What deposits do you need?

The security deposit and first month’s rent are due upon lease signing, The security deposit is equivalent to one month’s rent, and it is refundable. 

  • What is my security deposit for? 

The security deposit is set aside by us to inspire our renters to take good care of their apartment. If the house or furniture is damaged by a renter or requires additional cleaning or supplies (light bulbs that were left not working, etc) after they move out, part of the security deposit covers this and the rest is refunded along with an explanation of any charges. 

  • How do I get my security deposit back?

To receive your full security deposit back at the end of the lease, all of these need to be true: 

  1. Your apartment is in the same condition as it was when you moved in (just as clean, functioning and free of personal items) 
  2. You did not damage the property
  3. You did not damage or lose any items that came with the apartment
  4. All rent and other charges have been paid

Pre-existing damages will not be taken from your security deposit. Be sure to take inventory of any wear-and-tear you see when you move in, preferably via photo and/or video. If something needs to be repaired, please let us know! 

  • What payment methods will you accept?

We have an online portal where our renters can pay online using bank accounts or credit cards. Credit card payments have an additional fee of 3% per transaction, so it is less expensive for you to pay with your bank account.

  • If the lease doesn’t start on the first of the month, is the rent pro-rated?

Our leases generally end 12 months (minus 6 days for maintenance) after they start. So if the lease starts later than the 1st of the month and ends 12 months (minus 6 days) later, then the first month’s rent is not prorated because at the end of the lease the number of days lost in the first month will be recovered in the last month (except the 6 days for maintenance). 

  • What happens when I don’t pay rent on time?

Late rent payments rarely happen because most or our renters set up automatic monthly rent payments. We also have reasonably priced apartments that our renters can afford. For the rare times that rent is paid late, there is a 5% charge on the amount owed with a maximum late fee of $50.

  • I want to sublet my place, is this allowed?

Yes. The renter and subletter just need to go through our subletting process: https://truerenewhomes.com/subletting-process/    

  • Do you allow for early termination of the lease?

In most cases if renters need to move out early they find a subletter to cover the remainder of their lease. If they do not find a subletter, the renter is still responsible for covering rent all the way to the end of the lease. 

  • How will I go about renewing my lease?


  • Will you need renters insurance?

True Renew highly recommends that all residents carry renters insurance, but we do not require renters to send us proof of insurance.

  • Do you allow pets, and if so, what is the pet policy?

If the apartment info says that pets are allowed, then one approved cat or a dog of a gentle breed with reference(s) is allowed in the apartment. If it is a pet-free apartment, pets are not allowed and having a pet in the apartment is a violation of the lease. 

There is a $35/month pet fee. If your pet is aggressive when strangers enter your apartment, that is a safety issue for contractors entering your apartment to make requested repairs, etc. And our insurance company has restrictions on the breeds of dogs it will cover if there is an incident. Please send us a photo and short description of your pet (including the breed(s) if it is a dog), and a past landlord reference who can speak to the dog’s behavior. 

  •  Am I allowed to smoke inside the apartment /building?

No smoking is allowed inside the building or immediately outside of the building. Smoking is permitted at least 10 feet from the buildings to keep neighbors happy and keep the house safe. Any smoking material including cigarette butts must be disposed of safely and not left behind. Each incidence of smoking in the building carries a $100 fine in addition to charges for any remediation work needed to get rid of the smell or other related damages. Open flames such as lit candles are also not allowed in the house. 

  • What repairs is the landlord responsible for, and what repairs am I responsible for?

During the lease, renters are responsible for replacing standard light bulbs as well as batteries in smoke and CO detectors if they start chirping. This includes all light fixtures and detectors that can be opened and reached without a ladder. At the start of a lease, if any lights and/or detectors are not working when renters move in, they can let us know and we will replace them. We try our best to have them all working at the start of the lease. 

If a renter causes damage, they submit a repair request and let us know. If a renter damages part of an appliance that came with the apartment (ex: fridge drawer or stove knob) and they order and install a suitable quality replacement part themselves, that is fine. In some cases, the renters may be charged for the repair cost of damage they caused. True Renew takes care of and pays for most other repairs. 

  • When is a landlord allowed to enter my home?

For non-urgent repairs, True Renew gives renters at least 24 hours notice before entering their apartment. In some cases if contractors are available to address non-urgent repairs faster than 24 hours, we may text renters and ask if entering their apartment is ok. For urgent repairs that require entering apartments, True Renew notifies renters via text as quickly as they can before entering whenever possible. We respect your space! 

  • What’s the guest policy? OR Someone has been staying at my place for a long period of time. How does this work?

1-2 friends or family may stay at your apartment for up to 7 days as long as their presence does not interfere with any other roommates’ or neighbors’ comfort and enjoyment of the premises and complies with all laws and your lease. That means if you live in an apartment with other renters, they need to approve of your guest staying with you before the guest arrives. If they do not approve, the guest must stay somewhere else. PET SITTING IS NOT ALLOWED. So if your guest has a pet with them, the pet must stay somewhere else. And if the guest is disturbing others, you are responsible and they need to either stop disturbing others or leave the house immediately. If you would like a guest to stay for more than 7 days, you need to request permission from your roommates AND True Renew and possibly pay additional fees for their water use, etc.

  • How much notice do I give before vacating?

You are responsible for paying rent through the end of your lease. If you end up leaving the apartment before your lease ends and a friend or subletter wants to move into your apartment, they need to be approved by True Renew before they move in. If your apartment will be vacant for more than 5 days at any time, it is best to notify True Renew so we can keep an eye on it for you and also possibly even do repairs or improvements that will make the apartment nicer for you while you are away.