Know your rights! Federal law provides protections for renters. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or color, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, marital status, age or disability. Familiarize yourself with state rules on leases, the eviction process, security deposits, etc. ALWAYS read your lease before signing! Expect a background check which may consist of calling prior landlords, verifying income, etc., so be honest on your application. Keep records, receipts and photos related to your lease. These are just a few things to keep in mind, but the article below provides many more examples and suggestions to help you guide you.