Signing a Lease

A lease is a legally binding housing contract, normally spanning a 12 month period, or (around the Yale campus) ending at the beginning of the academic year which ever is longer. The Yale Off Campus Housing site provides detailed information about signing a lease and we recommend reading this page before signing youe lease. A few of the most important details are listed below:

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Never sign a lease on a property you have not seen in person.

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Read everything carefully and understand all of your obligations.

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Make sure that any special stipulations you require, such as permission to have a pet, are stated in the lease.

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Landlords are not bound by law to agree to subletting, and some will not allow it at all.

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Keep a signed copy for your own records. Never rely on verbal agreements alone.

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If you have questions about a lease, check with the OISS before you sign it.

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If you have a disagreement with your landlord, never violate your lease by ceasing payment on your rent.

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Should you have any legal questions or disputes concerning leases or housing issues, please refer to the Housing Disputes section of this Web site.