Our office sees many problems each year related to students not reading or understanding their lease, signing a lease prematurely, or not knowing what type of lease they are signing and how this impacts their responsibilities as a tenant. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to having problems related to leasing:
- Read your entire lease and make sure you understand it before signing.
- If your landlord has made any promises related to your housing (i.e. a certain type of flooring or furniture package, that a new appliance will be installed, that a pet is allowed), make sure this is clearly written into the lease prior to signing.
- Know whether or not the lease you are signing is individual, joint, or some combination of the two. Depending on which type of lease you sign, there are different responsibilities in relation to responsibility for monthly rental payments and how roommates can be assigned or not assigned.
- Do not sign your lease until you are absolutely sure that you can meet the terms and conditions of your lease. Once you sign a lease, you have signed a legal, binding agreement with another party. There are very few if any clauses for release once you sign, and not abiding by this agreement could cause some extreme financial consequences.
- Have someone, besides your landlord, read through your lease with you before you sign it. You can get assistance with this by bringing a copy of your lease to Off-Campus Life and having a staff member assist you in reading through it.
For more assistance with understanding leasing or the lease signing process, Off-Campus Life offers a Leasing 101 Workshop each fall. Check the Events section of this website for more information.