No matter how much you love the view, the neighborhood, and the cute little book nook near the living room, if you have a bad landlord, do not sign the dotted line. It’s common to forget about the landlord until something breaks, goes missing, or gets shut off because the landlord didn’t pay the bills on time.
When you move into a rental property, chances are you’re going to pay a security deposit. Landlords use security deposits to cover any potential damage to the property, but at the end of your lease, if your place is in good condition, you should get the money back. Before signing the lease and handing over the check, speak with your landlord about the terms and conditions concerning the deposit.