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What I Wish I'd Known About College

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Understand your rights as a tenant.

Lots of college students move from the dorm to an apartment after a year or two, which is another important step toward independence and self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, unscrupulous landlords often take advantage of student renters, and do not fulfill all of their legal responsibilities. Take the time to understand your city's laws about tenant rights, and report your landlord if those rights are being violated. There's a flip side: If you want your security deposit back, don't treat your apartment like a big dorm room. You're renting it; it doesn't belong to you.

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