Moving In

Congratulations! Your application is successful and the landlord offered you a rental agreement. Moving in is one of the most complex stages of renting. This section discusses types of rental agreements, move-in costs, and utility accounts.

In addition to all the packing and transporting of your household items and furniture, there is a lot of paperwork to process and sign. Getting it right at this point is important and sets the tone for your entire tenancy. Know your rights and obligations. Understand what you are signing in your rental agreement and remember -- it is a legally binding contract.

If your application is unsuccessful, the landlord is required to provide you with a written explanation stating why. This is called an “adverse action notice.” You are entitled to see a copy of the screening report if one is used to deny you the rental unit.

(See the state laws on screening.)

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