Although many leases are similar, there is no such thing as a standard lease provided or approved by any public agency or court. Lease agreements differ from landlord to landlord. Therefore, it is very important to read the lease carefully before signing it. The lease is a legal document which defines the relationship between the landlord and the tenant. Both the landlord and the tenant will be held to the language of the lease. If there are provisions in the lease which you do not understand, get help. Ask someone you trust to explain what the language means. Be careful of lease terms which provide for the following:
Before a lease is signed, a tenant may request changes to the lease. Some landlords will agree to the changes. Others will not. Even if the landlord will not alter a lease, the tenant needs to read it to decide whether or not to sign. If signed, both the landlord and tenant will be required to comply with the lease.
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