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Landlord: The owner of an apartment/house.
Manager: The person who manages the apartment/house.
Tenant: You, the renter.
Month to Month Rent: This is when you don't have a long-term lease or contract. The tenant may stay for a month or longer as he/she wishes. However, if the tenant plans to move, California Law requires that a 30 days notice be given to the Landlord. (Example: you notify your landlord on October 1 that you will move out on November 1).
Notice: A written letter to the Landlord informing him about your plan to move out (in 30 days). Keep a copy of any letter sent or given to your landlord.
Lease: A contract stating that you will live in an apartment for a specific period of time, i.e., 6, 9, or 12 months. If you move out before the end of the Lease, you will usually lose your security deposit. A 30-day's notice to your landlord is still required.
Security Deposit: An amount of money paid to the Landlord as a guarantee that you will leave the apartment in similar condition as when it was rented to you. The Landlord may use the deposit for cleaning or repairs (if caused by a misuse or abuse by the tenant). In all cases the Landlord must return the unused portion of the deposit within two weeks of your leaving the apartment.
Utilities: The monthly gas and electric bills that the tenant pays each month. Most apartments will pay for water, sewage and garbage pickup.
First & Last: Some apartments require payment for last month's rent as well as the first month's rent when you move in. This means that you do not have to pay for the last month when you move out (but must still give 30 days written notice to the manager).
Amenities: Refers to such things as a swimming pool, barbecue, jacuzzi, sauna, laundry room, etc.
Furnished/Unfurnished: A furnished apartment has furniture (dishes, table, chairs, sofa, bed, chest of drawers, refrigerator, stove, oven). An unfurnished apartment usually has only a refrigerator, stove and oven with no moveable furniture provided.