If I’m moving into an apartment and it needs some fixing, doI wait for the completion of the repairs before signing the lease?

UPDATED: Jul 28, 2011

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If I’m moving into an apartment and it needs some fixing, doI wait for the completion of the repairs before signing the lease?

I’m looking at an apartment tomorrow and they said some things they are going to fix first before I move in if I choose to live there. However before I sign the lease should I wait until it’s fixed first? Also, I was wondering before signing the lease can I take it home to slowly read it before agreeing to the terms?

Asked on July 28, 2011 Pennsylvania


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I would not sign the lease until after you have had time to carefully read the lease at your own leisure and after you have done a final walk through of the unit you want to rent with the manager to make sure all the represented items that were going to be fixed with it are in fact fixed.

If the manager or landlord are unwilling to let you read the lease at your own leisure and make sure the represented repairs are made, then perhaps you really do not want to be a tenant at the complex. I also suggest reading the lease over with a friend and having a friend do the final walk through before you sign the lease to make sure you did not miss something possibly wrong with the unit before signing.

Good question.

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