English Culture Videos

"Apartment Contracts"

Instructions: Watch this video on apartment contracts and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

Randall is helping ______ move to a new apartment.

The first point Randall makes is that you should _____.

Randall also points out that the cost of your apartment can depend on _______.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

Why are these points important to consider when you rent an apartment?

  1. the price
  2. the location
  3. length of lease
  4. amenities or facilities included in the price (e.g., parking, swimming pool, etc.)
  5. terms and fees of early termination
  6. deposit
  7. policies about guest visitors
  8. policies about pets
  9. smoking rules
  10. safety

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall, and I'm here on a Saturday morning helping my daughter move to a new apartment, but you should keep in mind several things when moving to a new place.

First of all, read carefully the terms of the agreement. In other words, if you move out early, you might have to end up paying an early termination fee.

Number two, the cost of an apartment might depend on what floor you move to. Yes, a third-floor apartment might be cheaper, but you have to carry up all of your luggage and furniture to that place.

And finally, make sure that you work out arrangements with your roommates as to who is going to do what. In other words, who will vacuum, who's going to do the dishes, and if you do these things, you should have a successful and good and positive experience in your new apartment.