BEFORE YOU RENT
WHILE YOU ARE RENTING
BEFORE YOU MOVE OUT
|Check all listings available.
||Pay your rent by check- on time too!
||Familiarize yourself with the termination provisions of your
agreement. Then follow them!
|Be sure you can handle the cost.
||Show respect for neighbors-- keep noise level down.
||Arrange a mutual clean-up time. Clean up everything well, leave
nothing behind--ask landlord his expectations.
|Think about location. Consider transportation, parking, safety,
||Treat landlord's property with ownership care.
||Return Keys. Until you do, you still have possession and may be
charged for rent.
|Read your rental agreement completely. Any questions -- discuss
with roommates and landlord.
||Don't abuse your parking privileges.
||Leave a written forwarding address.
|Get changes in writing! Verbal promises sound good, but written
documents provide proof of the promises.
||Make all maintenance requests in writing. Be specific about when
to fix and how to enter your unit.
||Wait 21 days for security deposit. Landlord has that much time to
return the full deposit, or send a Notices.
|Use an Inventory Inspection Form. Landlord must give you one, you
must fill it out and return it.
||Report any damages to landlord immediately.
|Choose roommates carefully! Talk about expectations openly before
you move in.
||A lease is a legally binding contract. If you want to leave early,
talk to your landlord to find out the procedure and consequences.
|Use a roommate contract. Spell out individual cost of rent,
percentages of utilities, cleaning tasks, noise and visitor agreements. This is especially
important when the lease doesn't cover it.
||Before subletting read the brochure on subletting to learn about
your rights and responsibilities.
||Don't wait to deal with problems. At first sign of conflict with
roommates or landlord, GET HELP!