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When you sign a lease to an apartment or house you are committing to live there for a certain period of time and to adhere to the rules and regulations put forth in the lease. Once you sign the lease, the house is yours and you can plant trees and build outdoor arbors. If you decide you don't want to live there after you signed the lease then you could be accused of a breach of contract and face serious consequences. What this means is that before you sign any lease you need to be 100 percent confident that this is the right home for you.

Steps to Signing a Lease

When you are looking for a place to live there are several steps you need to take. In most instances you will use an online search or the paper to look for homes. You will then contact the landlord to discuss a time to come and see the property and discuss the agreement. During this time your landlord may tell you about the features of the building, how much the rent is per month and how long the lease is for.

In many situations you will look at a number of rental properties during this time and meet with several different landlords. You may also choose to go through a real estate agent which will do all the contacting for you. In this case she/he will also help you with the steps to come, including the application form and signing the lease.

Once you have determined that you like the place and want to live there, you will most likely need to put in an application form for the place which will outline your specific details such as your name and age, as well as your bank account details, your place of employment and your references. Your landlord needs all of these things to ensure that you will be a good tenant, that you have the funds or income to pay the rent on time and that you have not had any trouble in the past with previous rental units. Once your application has been accepted and you have decided that, yes, you will take the apartment, then you can sign the lease. However, all of these steps must take place first before you are required to sign anything.

Before your Sign a Lease

When you get to this final step and it comes time to sign the lease do not simply sign on the dotted line. Make sure you read through every clause and every provision. If you are unsure of the wording or phrasing on anything, ask your landlord, your realtor or even your lawyer to help you understand what is meant.

If you are unhappy with anything on the lease, discuss it with your landlord before you sign your name. Once you have signed the lease, you are out of luck. You may have some concerns with how the utility bills are split up, how long the lease is for or how much you need to pay each month. You may have some questions about pets, about using the facilities or about subletting the apartment. All of these things should be outlined in the lease. If they are not, your landlord needs to add these items to the lease before you should sign it.

Signing a lease is the final step before the apartment or house becomes your official rental place. However, there are several other steps before this. Do not rush into signing a lease before committing to the apartment and reading through the rules, regulations and clauses.

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