Leasing Tips

These are only a few of the things you should consider asking and many of the answers may be in your contract.  Be sure to carefully read the lease agreement and terms.  Remember, the time to ask questions is before you sign.

If you have decided to move off-campus and think you found the place of your dreams, then STOP!  Before you sign a lease, there are some questions you need to ask yourself.  A lease is a contract, and in many cases it is binding for one whole year.  Before you sign, be sure that all of your questions are answered by the property manager/owner and that there are no gray areas.  If your name is going on the lease, then you will be held accountable.  Be fully prepared to ask the following questions if they are not made clear in the lease:

  • How long does this contract last? Start date, end date?
  • If I break the lease, what happens? Is there a fee?
  • On what day of the month is rent due?
  • What forms of payment are acceptable for rent?
  • What are the fees for late rent payments and when are the fees applied?
  • How much is the deposit? What portion of the deposit do I get back when I move out?
  • Is there an application fee?
  • Can I have pets, and if so, do they cost extra?be careful where you sign
  • Are there any utilities included in the rent? 
  • Under what conditions does management have the right to enter my dwelling? 
  • What are the amenities and do they cost extra?
  • May I sublease?
  • Are there any limitations to decorations?
  • Is renter's insurance required or included?

If you are unsure of City Code or have questions concerning rental housing, the best approach is to contact the Planning & Codes Administration for the city that you live in.