Getting an Apartment

Vocabulary

A. = Adjective   ADV. = Adverb   IDM. = Idiom   N. = Noun   V. = Verb
an application N. a written request for an apartment, a job or entrance into a school or an organization 
a credit report N. a complete history of a person's paying habits
In the United States, detailed credit histories are kept on all Americans describing how they pay their credit card bills, rent payments, electricity bills, car payments, telephone bills, etc. People are given grades called "credit ratings" for how well they pay off their debt. When a person moves into an apartment, landlords often request credit reports to find out if a person regularly pays on time.
to deposit V. to put money in a bank
a deposit N. 1) money which is put in a bank 2) money which is given to ensure that something will be returned or remain in good condition
For example, if you want to rent a bicycle, you might have to leave a deposit to ensure that you bring the bike back.
to fill out V. to complete (a form) by writing in the information
furnished A. having furniture used with apartments or rental properties
a landlord N. the man who runs an apartment building or property
a landlady N. the woman who runs an apartment building or property
non-refundable A. cannot be returned (money) 
a reference N. 1) a person who will provide information about your character or ability 2) a written letter which will provide information about your character or ability
When looking for an apartment in the United States, it is common to provide a landlord with references who will say that you are a good person who will not cause problems.
to sublet V. to rent your apartment temporarily to someone else
a tenant N. a person who is renting a room or apartment

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