The apartment leasing agreement protects you when renting a home or an apartment. The agreement drawn up by the property owner not only protects the owner, but it does protect you. If you have an apartment leasing agreement, what you can do and what you cannot do are outline in the lease. If there are areas that need more clarification do not sight the agreement until the sections are clarified so you understand them completely.
In the apartment leasing agreement, the rent due date as well as the penalties for late rent and failure to pay rent are very important to look closely at before signing. Normally, you are given a five-day grace period for paying the rent before any late fees are accumulated. At this time, the property owner can issue additional fees or a five-day pay or vacate order. You cannot fight this common practice. If you sign the apartment leasing agreement, you are aware of the outcome if you fail to pay the rent.
The apartment leasing agreement should also include a check in and check out section. This is where you and the property owner do a walk through to examine the condition of the property. If you notice anything not on the list, it should be added for your protection. This part of the leasing agreement is vital when renting an apartment as well as a home, commercial property or a mobile home. Everything should be noted even the condition of the attic, basement and living quarters. If you forget something and sign the lease, you can be held responsible for the problem that was forgotten on the agreement.
One you have done a walk through and have everything documented, you may even want to do a walk through with a camera or a video camera and send it to yourself. This envelope will have a postmark that will verify the date and condition of the apartment when you moved into it. It may be wise to send one to the property owner as well, so there are no misunderstandings. Anything you see that might present a problem with you living there should be reported to the property owner right away. If something needs fixing, see that this is done before you move into the rental or very soon after to keep good communications between the two of you.
Do not always count on the property owner to be polite if you do not pay the rent on time. If you live in a state with laws against displacing people during the winter months and you stop paying your rent, you might find yourself in court anyway. Some property owners are adamant about the rent and do have lawyers that may find loophole in the law.
Therefore, do not just stop paying your rent and think you are safe. In today’s society, even utility companies do not shut off your utilities during specified months, they just send it to a collection agency and be done with it.