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Before Signing a Lease

When considering signing a lease, please consider the following:

Choosing a Location


Compare housing options. Make a list of what each apartment or house has to offer and considering all that is involved will help you choose the best housing option. Use the template below to help you compare different locations.


Apartment Comparison Guide


  • 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?
  • Are there any utilities included in the rent?
  • What are the amenities, and do they cost extra?
  • When does the lease begin and end?
  • If I break a lease, what happens? Is there a fee?
  • Where do I plan to live over the Summer?
  • Does the property allow subleasing?
  • What are the policies for tenant changes?
  • Do I need a cosigner?
  • Who can I ask to be my cosigner?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • What are the costs and policies associated with pets?