10 questions renters shouldn't forget to ask

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    May is National Moving Month, and this one promises big things for renters.

    The construction market is recovering from the Great Recession, and more new rental units are becoming available this year, said Patrick Dodson, vice president of marketing at the CoStar Group, a real estate information company that owns a number of apartment-centric websites including Apartments.com, ApartmentHomeLiving.com and ApartmentFinder.com.

    Additionally, rent prices aren't expected to rise much -- only 1.5 percent nationally, according to 2017 predictions from Zillow.

    This means renters have a lot of choices in many areas, and competition will encourage apartment managers to offer deals like reduced fees or free gifts like TVs, Dodson said.

    On the other hand, it could also mean too many choices, making it harder for renters to pick their next homes. To avoid making the wrong move, renters need to know which questions to ask before signing a lease.

    Click ahead for 10 questions renters should ask but often forget.

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