This came to employment. I have moved it to Landlord & Tenant. But the answer is that you cannot contract or sign or own anything (property) until you are 18 unless you are "emancipated." That is a not so easy step. A court has to say you are as responsible and able to fend for yourself as an adult. And if you are emancipated, you parents have no more responsibility for you. If things are tough at home, talk with some guidance counselors at school. Hopefully they will listen to you and give you some other options. Good Luck.
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My understanding is that you aren't old enough to be held to a contract of any type until you are 18, so I don't think you can sign a lease until then. You might be able to rent a place if you have a parent that will co-sign the lease for you. In some towns there are places where teens can live such as YMCAs and YWCAs. You might look into that. Maybe there is a resource in your county who can tell you more -- I really don't know much about this. Good luck to you.
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