My kid took a job in Madison Wisconsin and we went up with him a couple weeks ago to apartment hunt. I learned a lot about how weasley some complexes can be. He rented from the first place we looked at, it was built in 2021 and is pretty nice. The rental lady was helpful and told us what other complexes sucked and what to watch out for. Some had $350 a month in fees that were on top of the rent. Some specialized in renting to people with crap credit or lower income and were pretty run down. Some had an amenity fee, some you had to pay all utilities including water, sewer and garbage pick up. One had a $25 a week fee to pick up your garage from your front door and bring it to the dumpster.
The place my kid rented has no fees, no deposit, includes super fast Internet and he only pays for gas, electric and cable TV if he wants.
True, but in this area those are usually always included in the monthly rent and the tenant is responsible for gas, electric, internet and cable TV.
Some of the places we looked at had a lower monthly rent but a lot of extra fees and utility costs. It was explained to me that it would help people with a lower income fall into the less than 30% of gross income range that a lot of places are looking at to rent to someone. Those were the older and more rundown buildings.