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Items to Consider Before You Move

  1. How much can you afford?
  2. How large a place do you need?
  3. General things to consider:
    • What schools or daycare will your child attend?
    • Are there stores nearby?
    • What expressways or bus routes are nearby.

Renting the Apartment

Renting an apartment is not just finding a place to stay, it’s your new home. Inspect the property closely and look for obvious defects. Fill out a walk-through inspection form with the landlord . If you agree to rent an apartment without seeing it, you are still obligated to move into the apartment. Make sure you have the landlord’s full name, address, phone number and an emergency number.

Leases

In a month-to-month lease both the landlord and the tenant can end the lease by giving one full month’s notice in writing. The landlord can also decide to raise the rent or make other changes to the lease by giving you one month’s notice. Verbal agreements have the same rules as a month-to-month written lease.

Before signing a yearly lease be sure that you can live there for the amount of time the lease requires. If you break a lease before the renewal date, you can be sued in court for breach of contract.

Fair Housing

Landlords may not refuse to lease or to renew a lease, or otherwise discriminate against any person because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or marital status.
Landlords may not discriminate against any person because that person has children living with them. If you have a baby during the time of your lease the landlord cannot ask you to move.

Security Deposit

The security deposit is usually equal to at least one month’s rent. You must pay the security in addition to the first month’s rent. Your landlord is not required to use your security deposit for payment of your last month of rent. Tenants should expect security deposits to be returned, minus any damages, within a month of having moved. Normal wear and tear cannot be charged to a security deposit.

Moving Checklist

  • Post Office – fill out a change of address form from the Post Office to receive your mail at the new address. The Post Office requires at least 2 weeks notice in order to get your mail on time.
  • Utilities – must be given a notice of 5 business days to have your services transferred to your new address. If you have a high utility bill you should try to make payment arrangements.

If you have any questions call our Fair Housing Hotline at 585-546-3700

or e-mail your question to us at info@thehousingcouncil.org

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