Off-Campus Student Services

Agreements & Leases

Tenancies can exist via lease, will, or sufferance. Learn the details of your lease—including provisions and utilities—before you sign.

Types of Tenancies

Tenant with a Lease

A tenant with a lease pays a set rate to live in the property for a certain length of time—usually 12 months. The landlord cannot increase the rent until the lease has expired and a new one has been signed.  

Tenant at Will

A tenant at will has the landlord’s consent to occupy the rental unit on a month-to-month basis. The rental agreement stipulates the time frame in which the tenant or the landlord can give notice to leave the apartment. (Most landlords require at least 30 days' notice.) The landlord may increase the rent with 30 days’ notice. Month-to-month agreements are not commonly given to students.

Tenant at Sufferance

A tenant at sufferance has remained in the unit after the lease or agreement has expired or been terminated. Technically, a tenant at sufferance does not have a tenancy. However, he or she is not a trespasser. He or she is still required to pay the landlord for use of the premises, but is not entitled to any other protections afforded a tenant by statute. The landlord may take the tenant to court to sue for eviction without any notice to terminate the tenancy.

Lease agreement

Learn the details of your lease—including provisions and utilities—before you sign.