Do you absolutely have to be 18 to rent an apartment, even if your parents are willing to co-sign for you?

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Do you absolutely have to be 18 to rent an apartment, even if your parents are willing to co-sign for you?

I am a 17 year old girl and am hoping to rent my own apartment. I have a job where I work enough that I could afford a place that I have already found and my parents would be willing to co-sign for me. I have my reasons that I want to move into this place and it isn’t issues with my parents.

Asked on August 28, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Oregon

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, a landlord canot discriminate on age when it comes to renting a unit. As such, a person who is not an adult (such as you who is 17 years of age) can legally rent an apartment with or without the co-signing of your parents. However, under the laws of all states in this country, you can terminate your lease while a minor in that under the law, minors are not deemed legally capable of contracting.

However, you would owe any unpaid rent at the time of termination. As an anaolgy, you cannot go to a retstaurant, order a meal as a minor, eat it and then not pay for it.


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