Hi, I am a grad student who is looking at rental housing off-campus and I have found a house that seems really good, but certain terms of the lease seem a bit scary for me. Not sure if it is because I haven’t done any sort of legal contract before. (State: Pennsylvania)
The lease states that the Landlord can terminate the lease by giving a 60 days notice. If I terminate it I have to cover all losses caused by the termination but if its the landlord who terminates it (even without reason) then there will be no compensation to us apart from the 60 days notice. It feels a bit one-sided. The lease says that the landlord will decide whether the Leased Unit can be livable due to damage. Does this mean they can kick me out for any minor reason? Is there no guideline that I can reference which defines what is unlivable There is a lead warning statement in the lease since the building is old, but the house is newly renovated. I can conduct a lead test when I arrive, but shouldn’t the landlord pay for that? The rent requires me to have “general insurance minimum limits of liability for bodily injury and property damage of single limits of $100,000”. Is that too much? I don’t mind as long as it’s reasonable.
I’m thinking of reverting back on point 1 to change it to just the security deposit being forfeit, and if that doesn’t happen then only a fixed termination fee