After you receive the go ahead from the University Legal Clinic and are approved for your rental application, all parties must sign and return the lease to the landlord. This is generally when you would also turn in your security deposit, which is typically the same amount as the first month’s rent. Landlords generally like one check instead of three, so consider how you want to go about payment. It doesn’t hurt to ask the landlord what their preferred method of payment is as well.
Additionally, if the landlord informs you repairs will be done in the unit, make sure you have this in writing with an estimated completion date. This is called “Promise to Repair” and must be fulfilled by law. If the landlord fails to timely correct repair issue, contact DNS. A landlord cannot legally retaliate – including threatening eviction, refusal to re-rent, etc.