When it comes to finding a rental property as a student of MSU College of Law, you want to ensure that your lease agreement is as clear and transparent as possible. This is where the MSU College of Law Rental Housing Clinic comes in. Established in 2002, the clinic offers free legal assistance to MSU Law students, as well as low-income Lansing residents, who may be struggling with housing issues.
One of the key areas of focus for the Rental Housing Clinic is lease agreements. This document outlines the terms and conditions of your rental, and it`s important to understand all the clauses and obligations it contains. The clinic`s attorneys can help you review your lease and ensure that it is fair and legal under Michigan state law.
But what exactly should you look for in a lease agreement? Here are some of the key points to keep in mind:
1. Rent and Security Deposit: Your lease agreement should clearly state the amount of rent you`ll be paying, the due date, and any late fees or penalties for non-payment. It should also outline the security deposit amount and the conditions under which it will be returned to you.
2. Utilities: Check if your lease includes the cost of utilities, such as electricity, gas, water, and internet. If not, clarify who will be responsible for paying these bills.
3. Maintenance and Repairs: The lease should specify who is responsible for maintaining and repairing the rental property. This includes things like fixing appliances, plumbing, and electrical systems, as well as routine cleaning and yard work.
4. Move-in and Move-out: The lease should detail the move-in and move-out procedures, including any inspections that will be done, and the condition in which the property should be left.
5. Termination: The lease should outline the circumstances under which either you or the landlord can terminate the agreement early, as well as how much notice is required.
By working with the MSU College of Law Rental Housing Clinic, you can ensure that your lease agreement is fair, legal, and protects your rights as a tenant. Take advantage of this valuable resource and enjoy a stress-free rental experience during your time at MSU Law.