Here are some things to consider when renting your housing:

Signing a Rental Agreement (Lease)

When you rent or sublet an apartment, you should expect to sign a rental agreement (lease) with the landlord. If your landlord does not require it, you should ask for one anyway. A rental agreement protects both the tenant and the landlord. The agreement should define the terms of your rental, including the costs, dates, and any conditions agreed to. Before you sign any rental agreement, be sure to read it carefully and get an explanation of any terms that you don’t understand.

Many landlords require a one year minimum lease, which you may want to avoid if your internship is shorter. Remember, you may be charged a fee for breaking the lease if you move out early.

Security Deposits

All states allow landlords to collect a security deposit when a tenant moves in. Security deposits are usually one month‘s rent. Your security deposit will be returned to you when you leave, as long as there has been no damage to the apartment during your occupancy and you fulfilled the lease agreement. It is a very good idea to inspect your new apartment with your landlord before signing an agreement. Be sure to get a written record of existing damages and a list of all included furnishings and their condition. You can also take photos of the apartment’s condition when you first move in to make a visual record.

Eviction

Your landlord can remove you from your housing if there is good reason to do so. Not paying rent on time, excessive noise on the premises, and causing damage to the property are good reasons for eviction. If you are evicted from your housing, you should get an eviction notice and be given a deadline to leave the housing.

Do not let eviction happen to you! Be respectful of your living situation. This means paying the rent on time, taking care of your property, and following all of the rules in your lease or living agreement. If you have any concerns, talk to your landlord or the person responsible.