Signing Your Lease

Hooray! You’ve found the perfect college house or apartment. Before you sign your lease and move in, read it over carefully! Your lease should clearly include:

  • Name and signature of the landlord Name and signature of the tenant
  • Rent amount to be paid, how frequently, and when and where it is to be paid
  • Address of the rental property
  • Starting and ending dates if it is a fixed term tenancy
  • Landlord’s mailing address
  • Amount of the security deposit, if any
  • Name and address of the financial institution holding the security deposit
  • Notice of the tenant’s obligation to provide a forwarding address to the landlord within 4 days of terminating the tenancy
  • Who is responsible for paying utilities?
  • Repair and maintenance responsibilities
  • Eviction procedures
  • Any other terms and conditions that the landlord and tenant agreed to.

Protect your Security Deposit

  • When you move in, document all existing damages to the house
  • Take pictures or video of visible damage
  • If the landlord provides a check-in sheet, fill it out completely and thoroughly.
  • Before reporting damages to landlord, live in the house a few days to make sure all appliances, electrical plugs/fixtures and plumbing are fully functional.

Renter’s Insurance

Renter’s Insurance provides protection of your property – for both your home and car.

  • Home: Renter’s Insurance will cover anything that is stolen or damaged by fire or flood.
  • Car: Renter’s insurance will cover anything inside your car like CD or MP3 players and other property.
  • You’d be surprised at how much you stuff is worth!
  • Estimates show that the average person owns $20,000 of personal property.
  • Renter’s Insurance is available through most insurance providers and is available for as little as $5/month.
  • Companies will often offer discounts if you already have a policy through them.
  • Policies might also be available through your parents’ insurance