When you sign a lease for an apartment, not many people actually go through and read through all of the small print already having the assumption that it is filled with standard corporate language just repeating over and over how they are not responsible for when things go wrong.
Well being a former employee for Harbor Edge Apartments, I can tell you that it is actually quite the opposite. The majority of the small print over the numerous pages of a contract usually consists of the rights that you have as a tenant and how your landlord is actually responsible for quite a lot of different scenarios.
Actually Read It!
During my time at the apartments, I dealt with a lot of renters that would come to me complaining about certain problems and they were always frantic at how much money it was going to cost them or they had no way of fixing them. I was always happy to go over the contract with them and reassure them that all of the responsibility falls on us and that we would be happy to take care of the situation for them.
It always surprised me how often this happened and how few people actually knew all of their rights as renters. If these people knew how much money they could be saving by just taking the time to actually read their contract they might be more persuaded to continue renting instead of owning like me!