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What should we pay attention to Leasing Contracts?

- A lease is a contract between you and the landlord. It describes a legal agreement in which you are given possession of an apartment owned by the landlord in which to live for a specific length of time. A lease also specifies what you are to do (and not do) to receive or retain possession of the apartment. If the tenant disagrees with some part of the lease, it should be discussed and may be modified or deleted by mutual agreement to protect both parties. Everyone who signs a lease should receive a copy, with signatures, to serve as a record of the lease and each party's responsibilities under the terms of the lease.

- Contracts can be long or short, simple or complex. Enforcing a contract generally means asking a court for a judgment that would force one or both parties to do-or not do-what the contract specifies. Leases must be signed by both parties. They do not have to be witnessed, although landlords may choose to have a staff member formally witness the signature.

Is it necessary to identify property?

- A lease should identify the property to be rented. Identification should include the street address and apartment number. Tenant should inspect the specific apartment they are renting before they sign a lease. When you move in, if the apartment is damaged or defective, take pictures or video of the damages and deficiencies, fill out a thorough inspection report for the landlord with a list of repairs and cleaning that need to be done, and remind the landlord regularly of the work remaining to be completed until the apartment is fully ready for occupancy. Although most landlords take pride in the appearance and standards of their apartments, some make a habit of procrastinating and then cleaning or fixing just enough.

Rules and Regulations are they important?

- Watch for rules and regulations that may be included in the lease or attached as an additional document. They may be regulations about noise, cleaning requirements and standards, garbage storage and disposal, security issues, smoke detectors, parties, guests, pets, parking, hallways, lights, landlord access to inspect or show the apartment to prospective tenants, and other lifestyle issues. Rules and regulations often are problems between landlords and tenants if they are not understood, agreed to, and followed. Tenants can be evicted for breaching leases by not following the rules. Rules and regulations can be changed, added, or amended by a landlord without tenant approval if the lease allows it.

- Many leases include a use and occupancy section that indicates that the use of the apartment is limited to residential and specifies the number of people who may live there. This m