Yes, it is always important to read the fine print before signing. UWM’s University Legal Clinic can provide help understanding the lease contract before signing. Since the lease spells out the tenant`s and landlord`s responsibilities, it is important for both parties to have a copy of the lease to answer any questions. Asking the landlord for an emailed copy of the lease may be helpful, especially if you plan to have the Legal Clinic review the lease for you for free.
For more information on leasing information, visit Step 10: Leasing Information and Free Lease Review of our Rental Timeline!