Landlords rent students apartments as a business. Some landlords will try to take
advantage of students in order to make a profit. It is important to make sure this
does not happen to you.
Items in a lease can be changed if both the landlord and tenants agree to the changes.
Make sure any changes or verbal promises that are made are inputted in writing into
your lease. If your landlord is not willing to put any promises in writing, it may
be better to find a different apartment.
Understand that most leases are 12 months and students are only typically in the area
for 9 months. If you sign a 12 month lease, you are responsible for paying all 12
months, even if you are not physically in the apartment.
If moving in with roommates, understand what type of lease you are entering. If you
sign a joint lease, all tenants are responsible for the entire rent—not just the individual
portion, even if a roommate moves out.
Always have documentation of conversations/complaints made with your landlord. It
is also important to document what you have paid to your landlord. If paying in cash,
make sure to get a receipt. It may be better to pay by a personal check, so you will
have documentation of when you paid and how much you paid.
Before moving in, a landlord may ask you for first and last months’ rent and a security
Always take photographs of every room of the property before moving in. This will
allow you to prove that you are not responsible for any pre-existing damage.
Consider obtaining Renter’s Insurance in the case of fire or theft. You can find more
information regarding Renter's Insurance here.