Originally Posted by pseudo_vegan
Isn't that the point of a security deposit? I certainly hope so, as I've been forking over that lump of cash for every place I've rented thus far (though I've always gotten it back)...
Security deposits are illegal here (the only deposit a landlord can require is 1 month's rent, which must be applied to the last month's rent); however, a landlord can still require you to pay for damages you cause.
As to income requirements, when I was a student some landlords still required a cosigner if you didn't have a full-time job. Beyond first year, you can't expect to live somewhere on campus (and the prices there are outrageous anyway), so you're often stuck getting a cosigner.
Originally Posted by MsRuthieB
I'm not crazy about the term landlord. I prefer property owner. Landlord conjures up negative images and just doesn't sound right.
I think property owner is too vague. You can be a property owner and not rent or lease the property to anyone.