96. What is in a Lease (2)
When you rent an apartment, you need to
the lease for rules and responsibilities. For example,
landlords do not want you to have guests
the night. This is because the landlord doesn't
who your guests are. If they damage the
in any way, you will be responsible. Also
a friend who wants to crash on your
ends up staying for a really long time,
ends up becoming another tenant.
You are responsible
all the utilities you use while living in
rental apartment. This means you will have to
for the electricity and gas you use. If
landlord pays for any utilities, it will say
in the lease. Once you move in, you
have to call the electric company and the
company so they can put accounts in your
. Also if you want a phone line, cable
Internet, you will have to call those companies
pay for those services yourself unless the lease
that is included in your rent.
supposed to have access to the apartment you
renting from them. This doesn't mean they can
barge in whenever. It does mean though that
notice, the landlord is allowed to come into
apartment during a reasonable time, meaning not in
middle of the night when you are sleeping.
this time the landlord will inspect the apartment
make sure you are following the rules and
landlord can also make any necessary repairs. All
this should be written out on the lease.
it is not, do not be afraid to
the landlord to add that information. It protects
the landlord and you.