Leases are not just a piece of paper that says you have ownership of something temporarily. It is a legally-binding agreement between you and another party. You should never sign any document without reading it carefully.
Most standard leases are based on landlord-tenant laws which differ from state to state. They can be confusing if you don’t understand the terms or legal implications of entering into a lease agreement. This applies to cars, apartments, or any other leased items.
If you are looking to rent an apartment or house, the landlord will create a lease with the terms in his favor, so be sure to check the fine print for any “conditions” or addendums. House hunting can be very tedious and sometimes you just want to hurry up and find something. Don’t let frustration cause you to make a bad decision. Just take a deep breath, center yourself, and read through it until the end. You should have any agreement reviewed by your LegalShield lawyer before you sign.
Here are some areas to pay close attention to: