How do legally emanicipated teenagers rent an apartment? Is there anything different that they have to do to get on a lease?

Asked by Trulia Miami, Miami, FL Tue Mar 5, 2013

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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Mar 5, 2013
An emancipated minor is legally considered an adult and may enter into contracts as an adult. In this case, a Landlord could rent to a minor without having a parent cosign the rental agreement.

On the other hand and from a Landlord's point of view, few minors have a credit history or acceptable referrals. While emancipated minors can sign contracts, they can't be prosecuted for failure to uphold the contract.
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Meg Sahdala, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Tue Mar 5, 2013
Emancipation' gives a teen under the age of majority the same legal independence and most of the rights granted to adults. In most states, you have to be at least 18 years of age to sign a legal binding contract, some allow it at 16.
However if by law, you are not old enough to drink and not old enough to vote, limited in how many hours you can work (by law, if of school age), barely old enough to drive, and by law, cannot be held responsible for any debts you develop, you can bet that no landlord will give you a lease, no credit card company will give you a card, no dealership will sell you a vehicle, etc., etc., etc
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