Read the terms and conditions carefully. Is the lease worded so you are paying a set amount for the entire term of the lease but at the rate of a certain figure per month, or is it a straight certain figure per month, ie if you are paying 1000 per month or 12000 per year, broken down at the rate of 1000 per month? What happens if you break the lease: if you get transfered out of town, do you have to pay a penalty? If you have asked for repairs and the landlord has not fulfilled his part of the agreement, can you cancel the lease without penalty? What is the grace period for getting the money to the landlord? If it is a private home, how many other investments does the landlord have? Will the repairs be done by licensed and bonded contractors or is the owner going to do them himself or herself? If it is a private home, you might ask for a credit reference on the owner to make sure they are credit worthy. Has the homeowner been current in his or her bills? Do a little digging because they will also do the same on you. If you are leasing an apartment on other multi family, if it's owned by a corporation, you might not be able to get them to do those things, but if it's a one house deal, get as much information as you can on the property as well as the homeowner. A qualified real estate professional shouldl give you the protection you need.