Students, read apartment lease!
Full story: Orlando Sentinel
I remember a situation I had on my first lease as a sophomore in college. My friend and I went with a student complex, so we had individual leases, however being just the two of us, they placed us with two random room mates. Within the first week of living with these girls, the two of us knew we could not survive a whole year with them. We went to the apartment manager explaining our situation, and even though we did not want to leave the complex, we only wanted different room assignments, the complex insisted that this constituted breaking our lease early, and said we needed to work it out. Our parents finally ended up threatening legal action, and they promptly moved us to a different apartment, but I learned my lesson after that!
At the other end of the spectrum I was rented a condo by a relative trying to do me a favor with no guidance. I rented out two rooms to make the rent and what a spectacle it was.
A body builder roommate who turned out to be gay.
A lovesick roommate who ran up $100 phone bills calling his lost love.
A jihad roommate who hated Jews and wanted to school me on the proper way to hate Jews.
A Puerto Rican roommate who drove the Bahamian roommate nuts.
Missed rents. Unpaid utility bills.
What a mess!
Saint Petersburg, FL
College students and first time renters don't seem to understand the seriousness that renting is. Breaking leases seems to be a real problem. I tend to end up with a lot of college students since we are so close to the campus.
I try to make sure that my tenants read the lease through and understand everything but it can be difficult. I also recommend new leasers to visit www.tenantsinfo.com . I've had less problems since but they haven't completely stooped.
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