UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Read through the lease thoroughly, ensuring all terms are well defined and written clearly in concise language. If anything is unclear, do not sign the lease. Clarify any terms and make sure they are in writing. Once your signature is on the lease you are legally bound to the terms within the lease.
The amount of rent
The length of the rental period
The amount of security deposit and return date
Who is responsible for repairs
Whether subleasing is allowed, and under what terms
When a landlord may enter your property
Civil: Non-criminal legal matters generally relating to the rights of private individuals. Most housing disputes are handled in civil courts rather than criminal courts.
Constructive Eviction: Takes place when a landlord makes a property uninhabitable or unusable for the original purposes in which the lease was signed. For example, a tenant may vacate a property because housing standards are not being met.
Default: Failure to fulfill a legal obligation such as making a required appearance at a court case or paying the agreed upon rent amount.
Mitigate: Making compromises to avoid legal action.