Great Tips for a renter before signing a lease, ah where to begin?
If you can afford to have the lease reviewd by a real estate attorney then do it. this little bit of investment can educate you on what the landlord expects and what your responsibities are to the property and the landlord.
be sure that the lease states the exact amount of monthly rent agreed on - once all parties sign it is a legal contract and can be binding.
find out what is going to be done with your security deposit. most state laws specify that these funds will be kept in an escrow account. find out what your state law is and be sure that the landlord is following the law. that is your money and should not be used towards rent, repairs, or late fees until the lease is up and you have moved out.
i always find that taking photos prior to a move in is good protection for both parties. be sure to promptly print or save to disc and share those photos with the other party - preferablly with the move in evaluation form.
best of luck in your rental!