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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.
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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.
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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.