A lease is a legal binding contract between you, your landlord, and any roommates. Unless you have individual leases (see Rooming House license) you and all of your roommates are jointly liable for rent and damages. Make sure that you read over your lease completely and carefully before signing. The University Legal Clinic will be available to review a lease with you. Make sure that all blanks are filled in and obtain copies of the lease and any other documents attached to it. Always keep your lease in a safe place, in case you need to reference it in the future.
More information can be found in Step 10: Leasing Information and Free Lease Review of our Rental Timeline.