To live in your own apartment is a rite of passage.
Living on your own in off-campus housing can be fun, but there are responsibilities connected with being a tenant and leasing an apartment that need to be taken seriously. It is very difficult to sublease or "break" a lease once it is signed.
Some rental application forms are legally binding and if you are accepted, you could be required to sign a lease. Know exactly what you are applying for by asking to see a copy of the lease before signing your application.
Mention any special conditions, such as medical considerations (i.e. allergies) at the time of the application.
- READ YOUR LEASE - Respect the lease for the legal contract that it is and to which you are obligated once you sign.
- NEVER HAVE ORAL AGREEMENTS with the landlord. Always require that any additional agreements be written and signed on the lease no matter how minor an item. If it is part of your agreement, the landlord should be willing to write it down
- ALWAYS give your landlord a written notice of any problems, this includes repairs, safety issues or changes in your rental status.
Regardless of how close your friendship with a potential roommate may or may not be, it's always a good idea to put contracts in writing.
HAVE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT with your roommates.
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