Leasing an Apartment for the First Time

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Renting a home or an apartment in Newark, DE, can be an exciting experience, especially for those venturing out on their own for the first time as a young adult.  However, finding the right place can be challenging and confusing. At Lang Development Group, we understand that your time is valuable, and that’s why we offer virtual tours of our properties in northern Delaware. This allows you to explore your future home without the need for an in-person visit. Here’s how our virtual tours, coupled with detailed web explanations and a well-informed residential team, can help you make an informed decision:

Assess the Apartment’s Condition

It’s vital to ensure that your future home is in excellent condition. Our virtual tours offer a comprehensive view of each apartment’s kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedrooms, and closets. This enables you to inspect the property thoroughly (and as many times as you’d like!) for quality and functionality.

Understand the Basics

How many roommates will you have?  Which apartments will best accommodate your preferred living arrangements (single/double rooms)?  Do you require a location a short distance to University of Delaware campus?  What about A/C?  Pets?  Laundry facilities?  Number of bathrooms?

Make a list of what’s most important to you, and then research which Lang property ticks the most of your boxes.

View Appliances, Amenities and ask about “Extras”

Our apartment virtual tour will include a view of included kitchen appliances and laundry facilities. Our detailed property descriptions will let you understand parking options, and whether the property has an elevator, intercom system or balcony in the apartment.  You should also ask the property manager what is NOT included in your lease:  Utilities?  Cable?  Internet?  Our staff is available M-F from 9AM to 5PM to answer any questions you may have after reading our detailed descriptions online. This will allow you to gauge potential utility and living costs.

Convenient and Informative

At Lang Development Group, we make it easy for you to explore our properties through virtual tours available on our YouTube channel and website. This is especially convenient for busy students and professionals who currently live outside the northern Delaware area. By viewing these virtual tours, you can save time and make a more informed decision from the comfort of your current home.

For more information about our available properties and to access our virtual tours, please visit our website langdevelopmentgroup.com or contact us directly at 302-731-1340 or leasing@langdevgrp.com . Lang Development Group is here to help you find the perfect apartment or home in Newark, DE, ensuring a smooth and satisfying rental experience.

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Enhancing the Tenant Experience: How Lang Development Group Simplifies Living

At Lang Development Group, we believe in providing more than just a place to live—we create environments where our residents can thrive. Our commitment to enhancing the daily lives of our tenants is evident in every aspect of our operations, from the prime locations of our properties to the advanced services we offer through our Resident Portal. Here’s how we simplify and enrich the living experience for our valued residents.

Prime Locations

One of the standout features of Lang Development Group properties is their prime locations. Within walking distance to a variety of amenities, our apartments provide unmatched convenience. Imagine stepping out of your front door and finding yourself just a short stroll away from your choice of restaurants, shops, and essential services. Whether you’re craving a delicious meal, need to pick up groceries, or want to enjoy a day out shopping, everything is just around the corner.

In addition, for students and faculty, our proximity to the University of Delaware is unbeatable. Living so close to campus means you can easily walk to classes, university events, and the library, eliminating the stress of commuting and parking. This convenience allows you to focus more time on your studies and less on logistics.

Resident Portal

At Lang, we are always looking for innovative ways to make our residents’ lives easier. Our Resident Portal is a perfect example of this commitment. Once registered, tenants gain access to online services designed to streamline their daily tasks.

With the Resident Portal, tenants can:

  • Make Payments Online: Say goodbye to the hassle of writing checks, visiting the bank or making trips to the leasing office. Our online payment system is secure, convenient, and allows you to pay your rent from anywhere, at any time.
  • Check Payment Status and History: Keep track of your payments with ease. The portal allows you to view the status of your payments and review your payment history at a glance.
  • Submit Service Requests: Need maintenance? Our Resident Portal makes it easy to submit service requests at your convenience. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a malfunctioning appliance, help is just a few clicks away…..and our maintenance team is knowledgeable, professional and thorough.

Registration for the Resident Portal is fast and easy, ensuring that all residents can take advantage of these time-saving features.

Lang Development Group goes above and beyond to ensure our residents feel at home. Depending on the apartment, our units come equipped with a variety of features designed for comfort and convenience:

  • Modern Kitchens: Enjoy cooking in well-appointed kitchens that make meal preparation a joy.
  • Laundry Facilities: Many of our units include in-unit laundry facilities or access to on-site laundry rooms, saving you time and effort.
  • Elevators and Intercoms: For added convenience and security, some buildings often feature elevators and/or intercom systems.
  • Central Air Conditioning: Stay comfortable year-round with central air conditioning in many of our units.

At Lang Development Group, we are committed to continually enhancing the lives of our residents. We regularly seek feedback and explore new ways to improve our properties and services. Whether it’s upgrading amenities, implementing new technologies, or fostering a strong sense of community, we strive to create an exceptional living experience.

Living at Lang means more than just having a place to stay. It means enjoying the convenience of prime locations, the efficiency of modern technology, and the comfort of thoughtfully designed living spaces. We are dedicated to making your life easier and more enjoyable every day. Discover the Lang Development Group difference and elevate your living experience.

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Navigating off-campus housing? Here are some important considerations!

Student housing at the University of Delaware has been a topic of interest for Newark officials for quite some time. Back in 2014, the city conducted a rental needs study, revealing a growing demand for approximately 50 additional apartment units annually to meet the needs of the community. With the University’s student population steadily rising and on-campus housing options dwindling, private off-campus developers have stepped in to bridge the gap.

While this shift necessitates additional research and planning from students and their families, resources like the University of Delaware Housing, Sublets & Roommates Facebook page exemplify the supportive nature of the UD community in navigating this aspect of the college experience.

Venturing into the realm of off-campus housing can feel like diving into the unknown, but fear not! Let Lang break it down and make it a bit less daunting. Here’s a comprehensive look at the key factors to consider as you embark on your housing hunt:

Group Size: Before diving headfirst into your search, take stock of how many roommates you’ll be living with. This crucial piece of information will help narrow down your options and ensure you’re considering properties that comfortably accommodate your group.

Number of Bedrooms/Bathrooms: Once you’ve got your group size confirmed, it’s time to think about your living preferences. Does everyone in your group desire their own private bedroom, or are you open to sharing? Some of our units offer one person per bedroom, but others may allow sharing, so it’s worth discussing with your crew.  The bathroom situation can also be a make-or-break factor for many. Are you comfortable sharing facilities with multiple people?  One person?  None at all?  Considering this early on will save you potential headaches down the road, and is a great first step in defining your wish list.

Location: Which part of Newark appeals to you most? Are you aiming for proximity to UD campus buildings, the bustling energy of Main Street, or perhaps a quieter neighborhood vibe? Keep in mind that our property portfolio spans various areas of town, ensuring you’ll be sure to find something to match your preferred locale.

Type of Property: Another important consideration is the type of living situation that aligns with your lifestyle. Are you envisioning the independence of a standalone house with a yard, the convenience of an apartment, or perhaps something in between, like a townhouse? Each option offers its unique perks, so weigh your preferences carefully.

Amenities: Let’s talk comfort and convenience. Is central air conditioning a must-have for you? If you own a vehicles, parking availability is undoubtedly a consideration.  Early on, take note of these amenities (and others) for each property you’re eyeing to ensure they meet your needs.

Cost: Ah, the bottom line. Have a rough idea of your budgetary constraints to guide your search. Rent prices can vary significantly based on factors like amenities, location, and property type, so having a ballpark figure in mind will help narrow down your choices.  Another part of understanding “costs” is understanding what’s included in the rent and what additional expenses you’ll need to budget for. While our properties typically do not include utilities, it’s essential to factor in these costs when planning your budget.  Feel free to ask what average costs for utilities have been in the past for your particular unit.

Availability:  Off-campus housing at the University of Delaware is in high demand, with many students beginning their search up to a year in advance. To secure your ideal space, contact leasing@langdevelopmentgroup.com as early as possible. Our expert team can provide guidance on navigating this ever-changing market and inform you about the leasing season opening dates.

By considering these key factors, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the off-campus housing landscape with confidence. Ready to find your perfect college home away from home? We’re excited to assist you in your search!

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5 Tips to Help You Navigate Landlord and Tenant Communication

Navigating landlord and tenant communication can be complicated if you’re new to renting a house or apartment. However, that’s the case for many renters today. According to the Rental Protection Agency, about 40.6% of renters nationwide are between the ages of 15 and 34. These tips and tricks will help you figure out the basics of communication with renters of any age.

1. Welcome Packets

When landlords establish welcome packets, it helps develop clear channels of communication. This can let tenants know how to contact you if necessary and establish whether you prefer text or email. A welcome packet will let tenants know how to deal with potential issues, like problems with apartments nearby or maintenance requests.

2. Timely Responses

Both tenants and landlords should respond promptly to communication from the other party. This is especially important for problems like maintenance issues, or a tenant should message the landlord if they will be late on rent. The timely response ensures the other party knows they are a priority, even if it’s just a complaint about apartments nearby.

3. Written Communication

Written communication is best for both parties. When written communication like texts or emails is used, this ensures there is evidence of the conversation to solve any potential disputes instantly. Avoid having severe discussions over the phone to prevent problems or misunderstandings.

4. Know the Law

Both landlords and tenants must know the other party’s rights. For example, tenants should understand the eviction process to ensure they are not unlawfully evicted. A landlord should also know what to fix if a tenant breaks it, how often they must contact pest control, and other important laws that can impact this relationship.

5. Avoid Friendships

While tenants and landlords may get along, it’s essential to understand this is usually a business relationship. When the two parties become close friends, it can cause issues. Tenants may expect leniency in rent and landlords might expect more from a tenant. Instead, it’s best to treat this communication as you would a professional colleague.

The tenant and landlord relationship is professional and communication should reflect that. Avoid using swear words or words you wouldn’t use in the workplace. Written communication can be the most effective way to talk with your landlord. If you have any questions about apartments nearby, please call us today or fill out a form on our website. Contact Land Development Group to learn more about our properties.