A lease you can live with

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If there’s anything you don’t understand, don’t sign; take it home and think it over.
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Ask the landlord if your roommates can co-sign the lease, making them equally responsible.
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If utilities won't be covered by your rent, don’t include them in your monthly spending plan.
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Ask someone familiar with leases to help you understand the “lawyer language.”
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Avoid a written lease if you can. Make a “handshake” deal with the landlord instead.
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If you have roommates, never let them read the lease.
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See how much notice is needed before moving out and the penalty if you break your lease.
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If the rent’s affordable now, don’t worry how often the landlord’s allowed to increase it.
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