Renting your own place is a great opportunity but can also be a very confusing process. It is important to know your rights so you can advocate for yourself. The more you know before starting the process, the better experience you will have, and ensure that you enjoy your independence. You should also know how much you can spend click here to be brought to the financial page.
HUD Section 8 housing – A low income housing program that you have to apply for and go through a lottery process. Click here for more information and to apply.
Private Apartment – Finding a private apartment can be overwhelming but click here for a start! You can also go through Craigslist to look for housing.
Application Process – Follow this link for resources on the following topics:
- Apartment Search
- How to fill out a Lease
- Furnished vs. Unfurnished
- Pet Deposits
- Renters Insurance
Roommates – Follow this link for advice and things to think about when considering a roommate
Sample Roommate Agreement – Now that you have decided to take on a roommate it is a good time to come up with rules that you can both live with
How to Split Household bills/food – Information to help with figuring out a fair way to pay the bills.
How to kick a roommate out legally – Hopefully you won’t need this resource but the information is good to have.
Mediation and Renter’s Rights
Landlord/Tenant Counseling – You may have issues with your landlord and these resources will help identify options available to you.
Renter’s Rights (Fair Housing) – Do you know what rights you have as a renter? This resource will tell you.
Rental assistance – If you need this resource follow the link for agencies that can help.