Many students are ready for change after their freshmen year of college.
They’ve outgrown the dorm life, eaten more than their fair share of cafeteria food and are finally ready to get out in to the real world.
But as exciting as renting a property can be, there are many things to should consider before signing a lease.
All students should do a walk through for each unit and verify that it’s licensed as a rental property. Occasionally someone will rent a house and it may not even be eligible to live in.
It’s also smart to make note of any damages the property may have beforehand. Not only will this avoid any possible charges later on, it will ensure a safer more secure place to live.
When it comes time to signing the lease, it’s important that students go through the contract with the landlord and establish what responsibilities each tenant will have.
Obligations such as mowing the grass and shoveling the sidewalks are often overlooked and can be the cause of expensive bills later on. Students responsible for shoveling sidewalks who go home during winter break should make arrangements with the landlord to avoid breaking city ordinances.
It’s also important that both parties are aware of who will be paying for what bills, such as energy, heat, cable, garbage and water.
Because each landlord writes his or her own lease, each lease is going to be different. And once the lease is signed, it’s a legal document.