Before You Sign
Finding Your New Home
Finding a new home can be a little overwhelming. Take a moment to consider the following tips to help make the transition a little smoother:
- Take your time and shop around.
- Take a tour.
- Consider location, location, location!
- Are there amenities/stores nearby?
- Safety is important.
Before You Sign
Leases are legally binding documents that should be carefully read before signing. Always make sure the lease is in writing as a written agreement protects renters and the landlord by defining rental terms, rules, and expectations. Do not sign a lease until you have confirmed that your Co-Signer/Guarantor has agreed to sign your lease. Sign together! If you sign the lease and your Co-Signer/Guarantor backs out, you are still legally bound by the legal document.
- Know the cost of rent.
- Know the length of the rental period and can it be broken.
- Know the amount of security deposit and the return date.
- Who is responsible for repairs?
- Know when a landlord may enter your property.
Be a Good Neighbor
Being a good neighbor is as important as being a good roommate. Conflicts can arise among neighbors just as easily as between you and your roommate. Communication is the foundation to a successful relationship with any neighbor.
- Meet your neighbors. Reaching out to your neighbor will go a long way.
- Communicate with your neighbor: Keep your neighbor informed on issues or situations that will directly affect them.
- Understand the neighborhood expectations. Also, know the local laws and ordinances.
- Handle problems or concerns respectfully. If you and your neighbor cannot come to a compromise, contact your landlord for further assistance.