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3 Things to Know About Short-Term Apartment Leases

A normal apartment lease often requires a one-year commitment, whereas a short-term apartment lease allows for a tenant to commit for a shorter time. A short-term apartment lease is a rental agreement that’s for six months or less.

1. Short-term apartment lease periods may vary

Short-term leases usually last for six months or less and can vary depending on your needs as a tenant and what the landlord is willing to put in place. A common short-term lease is month-to-month, but other options include week-to-week or another time period that you negotiate with the landlord (six months, three months, etc.).

2. You can terminate a short-term lease with little notice

Most property managers and landlords understand that tenants with a short-term lease want flexibility. In a short-term agreement, it will be specified how much notice you must give before moving out, and it’s usually reasonably flexible. It’s common for a 30-day notice requirement, especially if your contract is month-to-month.

3. Terms can change in a short-term apartment lease

If your lease is short-term and ongoing, such as month-to-month or week-to-week, it leaves room for your landlord to change lease terms with short notice. That means from one month to the next, your rent price could increase or other terms could change.

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Weigh the pros and cons

With short-term apartment leases, there are pros and cons one must consider. If your moving temporarily or don’t know how long you’ll be living somewhere, a short-term lease provides flexibility. That being said, your rental terms could change and your price each month could increase. Not all apartments offer short-term leases, but some property managers may be willing to work with you, so don’t be afraid to ask about it!

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