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Boston Rental Market Tight, Shop Early

This summer, Boston real estate lawyers will be ramping up their practices to keep up with prospective renters eager to find a place before the September 1 crunch.

But prospective renters might have a lot of digging to do when searching for a reasonably priced place. The rental market in Boston appears to be rebounding. As a result, there seem to be fewer incentives and deals available to prospective tenants looking to rent in the Boston area.

In Boston, the average tenant will expect to pay rent of $1,598. This puts Boston in fourth place for highest rent, behind New York, San Francisco and Fairfield County, Conn.

Many college students have begun their rental search earlier than expected this year, in hopes of beating the crowds. Boston and Cambridge remain busy and bustling college towns, which may be part of the reason that rentals are scarce.

There are many things to consider before renting. With the rental market being tight, landlords are less willing to make concessions. As a result, it's always wise to have a Boston real estate attorney look over the lease prior to renting. Tenants need to meet the landlord and know their rights in advance of signing the lease; after all, a landlord can make or break the rental relationship.

If you are looking to rent in the Boston or Cambridge area, do your homework! It's wise to start looking for rentals as soon as you can. Meet your potential landlord and ask questions. Inspect the premises. And look over the lease before you sign it. Take the lease to a Boston real estate attorney.

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