Leasing or renting a place to live off-campus can be a very exciting and positive experience. However, it can also be confusing and overwhelming. The following links will provide you with information and resources to help you successfully navigate your off-campus experience from signing a lease to moving out and getting your security deposit back:
DO NOT SIGN A LEASE SIMPLY TO SECURE A PLACE TO LIVE.
READ THE LEASE BEFORE SIGNING IT!
Signing a lease does not just reserve you a place to live, it is a legal document. Once you sign the lease, you are responsible for the provisions of that lease. If there are agreements between you and the landlord regarding changes to the lease or property, do not sign the lease unless the changes are in writing.
Questions to Consider Before Signing a Lease
- Is the contact information correct on the lease?
- What are the move-in and move-out dates?
- Is there a lease renewal clause?
- How much is the rent and when is it due?
- Can the rent amount be increased?
- What is the penalty for late payments?
- Is a deposit required? If so, how much is the deposit?
- Are pets allowed? If so, is there a fee or an additional deposit required?
- Can the tenants sublease the apartment or house?
- Are there restrictions against decorating the apartment or house?
- Are there guest restrictions?
- Are there conduct rules for the property (i.e. no parties, no outside furniture, etc.)?
- Who is responsible for the lawn care and snow removal?