Do not overlook the details of the utility policies outlined in the lease agreement. This is a monthly expense that could end up costing you a lot of money and trouble. Read this portion of the lease carefully. Make sure you find out if any utilities are included in the monthly rental payment, what utility expenses you are expected to cover, and if any of the utility expenses are paid for by the landlord. These specifics should be addressed in the lease. Similarly, ensure the lease identifies the specific responsibilities of you and your landlord regarding emergency repairs and maintenance issues. Always ask what the average costs of utilities (gas, electric, water, cable, internet, etc.) are or have been historically.