Getting ready to sign a new lease? Before you sign the dotted line, you should know your rights as a tenant. Unfortunately, a lot of landlords take advantage of their tenants, or they jumped into renting a room without being aware of the laws themselves. Here are 10 very important tips to know before you agree to sign on the dotted line.
10. Make Sure There is a Written Agreement
If you are renting an apartment or a room from a friend or family member, you may not feel the need to get anything in writing. It may feel more informal to give cash “under the table” so that there is no bad blood between the two of you. However, you and your landlord both need to protect yourselves in case anything goes wrong. Always make sure there is a written agreement.