Before You Rent

Before You Rent

Finding a place to rent can be a challenge. You will have a better chance of success if you plan ahead.

Rental Agreements and Leases

Differences between month-to-month rental agreements and leases. One offers more flexibility, the other limits rent increases.

Rent Control

Cities with rent control limit the amount your rent can be raised and when you can be asked to move out.

Credit Checks

Before you rent, the landlord can check your credit history. The amount they can charge is limited.

Holding Deposits

When you pay a holding deposit, the landlord may take the rental unit off the market. Get a detailed receipt for any deposit you pay.

Security Deposits

Your landlord can require a security deposit when you move in. FInd out how much, what it can be used for, and when it must be returned.