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Signing the lease

There are a number of areas to pay attention to when signing the lease.

We recommend that you consult with an attorney to examine the lease before signing.  It is very important that you read the contract in detail, and pay attention particularly to the following topics:

  1. What are the conditions for continuing the lease for another year? It is important to know whether and by how much the rent will be raised.
  2. Make sure the lease includes the utilities that are paid by the landlord.
  3. A detailed inventory should be made of the furniture and other items, noting their condition.  Any damage should be mentioned in the lease and signed by both parties.
  4. The lease should include a clause pertaining to leaving the apartment before its termination.  
  5. Make sure you understand what your obligations are at the termination of the lease when you leave the apartment (for instance, whether you obligated to paint the apartment, etc.).
  6. Check if you are required to give a promissory note (deposit) (the average is around 10,000 shekels).
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