If you are considering moving out on your own you first need to understand your legal rights. This section will review the Fair Housing Act and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
The rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants vary by location. Some federal laws determine rights nationwide. These apply anywhere in the country and cannot be reduced or eliminated by state or local laws. State and local laws often provide additional and more specific regulations.
One you know your legal rights and responsibilities the next step is to know what type of housing you require. Housing needs are unique to each individual. Before you get started, it is always best to be prepared.
There are extensive resources on the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Web site. These resources can be valuable to you if you are just starting out or if issues arise while you are home hunting or even later.
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