A lease is a legally binding document. Make sure you understand what is covered in a residential lease agreement. Ask the owner or a lawyer any questions before signing a lease.
One-time fees such as security, pet, and utility deposits can add up. Your first month in a new apartment can easily reach up to 800 euros. The good news: If you take care of the property, and abide by the lease, you should get some, or all, of your deposits back when you move out.
After everyone has signed or co-signed the lease agreement with the owner, it is a good idea for you and any roommates to sign a co-tenancy agreement. Spelling out responsibilities and liabilities for each person can prevent legal problems down the road.