Renting an Apartment


Role Dialog
 Narrator  Laura and Robert are looking to rent an apartment.  They have a six-year-old son and no pets.  They are looking to relocate to a small town called Stuttgart for a one-year job assignment.  They have just arrived in town and checked into the Days Inn and Suites Hotel.
 Laura  Yes, we have a reservation for three in the name of Jang.  
Front Desk Just a moment while I pull up your reservation…
Yes, here it is.  One-week stay, one room, two queen beds, non‑smoking.  We have a 2nd floor room available with a pool-side view if you like.
Laura Yes, that would be nice.
Front Desk We offer free continental breakfast and free high-speed Internet Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.  You’ll be in Room 201.  Here are your room keys.  The elevator is right around the corner.  Do you need help with your bags?
Laura No, we have the rolling kind.  We’ll take care of them ourselves.  Thank you.
Front Desk No problemEnjoy your stay.  Just dial zero on your room phone if you need anything.
Robert Okay, here we are.  Whew, what a long trip!  It’s late.  Let’s take a short swim in the pool and go to bed.  We can start fresh and early tomorrow morning.
Laura Sounds good.  I’m tired too.
Narrator Next morning, they wake up and go down to the front desk.
Laura Hi.  We’ll be looking for an apartment in this area.  Can you recommend a good one to us?
Front Desk The only two I know about in Stuttgart would be the Valley Estates Apartments or the Stuttgart Apartments.
Laura Thanks.
Robert (calling the Valley Estates Apartments on his cell phone) 
Hi, we’re looking for a 2-bedroom apartment for immediate move-in.
VE Apts I’m sorry.  We only have 1- and 3-bedroom apartments.  Would a 3-bedroom apartment serve your needs?
Robert Yes, it probably would but that would be more room than we need.  We’ll check around some more and perhaps call you back.
VE Apts No problem.  Goodbye.
Robert No luck there.  Let me try the Stuttgart Apartments. (calling) 
Stuttgart Apartments?  Yes, we’re looking for a 2-bedroom apartment for immediate move-in.  Would you happen to have any available at the moment?
Stutt Apts Well, we happen to have one unit available.  The tenant just moved out last month.  It’s just been cleaned and freshly painted.  Would you like to come by and see it?
Laura Yes.  We’ll be there in about half an hour.
Stutt Apts That’s fine.  We’ll be expecting you.
Laura Yay!  Let’s get moving!
Narrator Robert, Laura, and son arrive at the Stuttgart Apartments complex
Laura There’s the office over there.  We can park in one of those visitor parking spots.
Robert I see them. 
Narrator He parks the car and the family enters the apartment office and sees a young blonde woman.
Della Hello, my name is Della.  Are you the one I spoke with on the phone a few minutes ago?
Robert The very same.  It’s nice to meet you, Della.  I’m Robert.  This is my wife Laura and my son Mikey.
Della Nice to meet all of you.  Please have a seat and we’ll get down to business and try to take care of all your needs.  We only offer one-year leases.  Is that acceptable?
Robert Yes, that’s perfect.  Are your apartments furnished?
Della No, but there are several furniture rental places in this area that are reasonably priced.  They deliver and set up all the furniture, so it’s really convenient.  They’ll probably require a one-year lease as well.
Laura Can we see what one of your 2-bedroom apartments looks like?
Della Absolutely.  Let me get the keys to one of our empty units, and I can show you right now.  We only have one floor model; it’s 2-bedroom, 1 bath, 710 square feet, so that’s the one I’m going to show you. 
Laura Great.
Della This unit has a bathtub and shower, ceiling fans, dishwasher, garbage disposal, range – all the usual stuff.  Water and trash removal are free.  We charge a one-time application fee of $50.  The living space is carpeted.  We have walk-in closets and window blinds.  The units are cable-ready if you want to get cable TV service.  We also offer a community pool and clubhouse.  We have an onsite, coin-operated laundromat so you can wash your clothes.  Park Avenue Elementary School is not far away and offers kindergarten through 4th Grade for your son.
Robert That’s great!  I can’t wait to get moved in.  What’s the process?
Della You have to fill out an application with your employment and financial information so we can check your credit.  If everything checks out okay, your application will be approved.  Once that happens, you just have to pay us two-months’ deposit and you can then move in immediately.  One month’s payment is a security deposit to pay for any damages to the apartment due to your neglect, and the other month’s payment is just your first month’s rent paid in advance.  After that, you just pay monthly till your lease is up.

Laura Great.  Let’s get the paperwork started!
Narrator Later, Robert and Laura are informed that their application has been approved.  They obtain the apartment keys and enter the empty apartment to look around.
Laura Okay, now all we need are furniture and groceries.  Let’s get the furniture-rental process started.  (dialing on her phone)
Aaron’s Aaron’s Furniture Rental.  My name is Paul.  What can I do for you?
Laura Hi, Paul.  I need to rent some furniture for a 2-bedroom apartment for one year.  Is that something you can do for me?
Paul Yes, ma’am.  That’s our business.  You can rent by the piece or by the package.  For example, a two-bedroom package will save you money compared to renting the individual pieces separately.
Laura Can we come by and see what you have?
Paul Certainly.  We’re located at 401 West Michigan Street in Stuttgart, Arkansas.  We’re open till 5:00 pm today.
Narrator Robert and Laura and son visit Aaron’s Furniture Rental.
Paul Good afternoon.  My name is Paul.  How may I help you?
Robert We called earlier about renting some furniture for a 2-bedroom apartment.
Paul Ah, yes.  I remember.  Let me show you what we have.  Our 2-bedroom package comes with a queen bed, dresser, chest of drawers, and two nightstands for the master bedroom, and a double bed, chest of drawers, and one nightstand for the other bedroom.  It includes a coffee table, couch, and two armchairs for the living room, and a 4-chair dinette set for the dining room.  Anything else, such as lamps, ottomans, hat racks, and decorations are available at additional charge.
Robert Okay.  I’d like to upgrade one armchair to a nice, comfortable swivel rocker.
Paul Okay, we can do that for you.  Let me add up all the selections. (later)  Okay, here’s your contract.  Sign there.  We require a $100 deposit to cover incidental damages to the furniture.  You’ll get it back at the end of the contract as long as the furniture is returned in good condition.  When would you like delivery?
Laura We’re ready to move in.  Would today or tomorrow be possible?
Paul Let me look at our truck dispatch orders….  You’re in luck.  He’s just returned from his last drop-off, so we can do you this afternoon.  How does 4:00 pm sound?
Laura Perfect!  We’ll be waiting.  Our address is already listed on the contract.  Thanks!
Narrator Later, the furniture is delivered and its receipt is signed for.
Robert Next, we need to buy some groceries.  We can check out of the hotel and stay here tonight.
Laura Agreed.  I’ll unpack the bedsheets and blankets.  Then all we’ll need to do is to get our son enrolled into an elementary school.  I sure hope he can start first grade directly without having to attend kindergarten first.  I’ve heard some states require some amount of kindergarten before first grade.  I’m not sure what Arkansas requires.
Robert I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.
  The End



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