Before signing a lease agreement, prospective tenants should carefully read the lease and be sure they understand all of the requirements, provisions, rules, addendums, and laws that apply. If you have a question, ask the landlord and make sure you understand the answer, and that you are willing to live with all of the terms or conditions.

If a condition is not acceptable to you, discuss it with the landlord. If the landlord agrees to make any changes, get it in writing so it is clear what the landlord will do, how it will be done, and when it will be done.

A lease agreement should clearly specify the rights and obligations of both the tenant and landlord, and explain the rental rules that determine how the unit will be operated or maintained.

The best time to negotiate terms and conditions is before you sign the lease.

Remember, a signed rental agreement is a legally binding, contract, and there is no grace period after signing a lease to change your mind.

See http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer/tenant/tl_handbook.pdf