- Realize that when you sign a lease or contract on or off campus, you have taken on financial responsibility, which you will be expected to fulfill.
- Take your time when looking for housing. It’s your money and you will be responsible for it.
- Ask for everything in writing. Meet your roommates before you sign your lease.
- Remember that any contract or lease you sign is legal and binding in court.
- When you have a problem or concern regarding your apartment, talk to your landlord first.
- Inspect your apartment before you move in or within two days for damages. Notify the landlord in writing (damage checklist).
- Care about where you live and report vandalism and mischief to the proper authorities.
- Assume anything; ask questions of your landlord.
- Feel pressured to make a quick decision. Remember, once you sign you are financially responsible for the housing.
- Assume that you can move into an apartment with complete strangers and you won’t have a difference of opinion. Assume the landlord will resolve roommate conflicts. It’s not a requirement of the lease/contract.
- Don’t expect the landlord to remember your request for repairs if you don’t write them down.
- Assume the landlord will let you out of your lease because you changed your mind for any reason.
- Fill out any application until you are certain it’s the place you want.