Signing the Right Lease


One of the most important things you have to do when moving off campus or out on your own is signing the right lease for you.  A lease is a binding legal contract between you and your landlord. The lease spells out the specific details concerning deposits, fees, pets, legal entry and other important information. The lease gives the landlord the right to take legal action against you if you break the lease.

The two major lease types are joint (traditional) lease and individual lease. A joint lease means all roommates are responsible for the lease. If one roommate breaks the lease, the total rent and fees are still due from the remaining roommates. The joint lease is most common for renting a house or a single-family dwelling.

The individual lease means each person is responsible for his or her own part of the fees and rent. If one roommate breaks the lease, that roommate is still responsible for his or her fees and rent.  The landlord has to go after the one roommate that broke the lease and not the remaining roommates. The individual lease is the best choice for college students. These lease types are most commonly used in communities that lease per bedroom.  There is a common area of the apartment, but each roommate has their own private bedroom and bathroom.

Make sure you understand what type of lease you are signing and keep the papers in a safe place while you are renting. You will most likely need a copy of the lease when you are ready to move out.

More Summertime Fun

Another must-see exhibit in Gainesville is the University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art.  It is one of the largest University Art Museums in the South and houses over 6200 beautiful pieces of art in its permanent collection as well as a countless number of pieces in temporary collections.  You will discover historical pieces from Asian, African, modern and contemporary art influences, as well as photography.

The museum offers a rich cultural offering to the Gainesville area as well as those outside the area.  Not only do they house amazing pieces of art, but they also host numerous events such as Museum Nights, Harn on Tap, or summer camps.  Admission is free unless otherwise noted for special exhibits, but they do accept donations. They also have membership plans as well.

The Harn offers free tours every Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3 pm? Enjoy friendly, docent-led discussions each weekend, no registration required—just meet in the lobby. See you here!

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Hampton Forest Apartments


Check out this new listing.  Hampton Forest Apartments is located at 7301 West University Avenue and is centrally located to everything.  Residents of Hampton Forest can bike or walk to the farmer’s market in Haile Village Center, the Oaks Mall, North Florida Regional Medical Center,  and surrounding areas.  Location here is a huge plus.  Close to I-75, Newberry Road, Tower Road, and Archer Road you can literally get to anywhere you would like in minutes.  You will find lots of shopping, dining, and entertainment options very close by while living in a quiet wooded setting.

Hampton Forest offers 1 and 2 bedroom apartment homes. Some units have patio/balconies, washer and dryers, carpet, tile, breakfast bar, dishwashers, and more.  You will also love their large community pool and sundeck for summer leisure.

Check out more about them here:  Stop by and visit them today, or give them a call at 352.332.3199


Summertime Fun continued

Are you looking for another indoor activity to beat the Florida heat?  We have a great one for you.  This is definitely a can’t-miss event here in Gainesville Florida.  The Butterfly Rainforest is a live butterfly exhibit located with the Florida Museum of Natural History.


This exhibit features live butterflies and birds from around the world flying around in a rainforest climate with lush vegetation, soothing waterfalls, and various fish.  You will love seeing this beautiful display as well as learning about the various species of butterflies in the exhibit.  They typically have over 50 specifies of butterflies and moths at any one time with a continuous population of 1000 butterflies.   The flowering plants and butterflies are changed out regularly which means you will be able to discover and see something new each time you visit.

The cost of the exhibit is only $12 for Florida residents or $14 for non-residents.  Children ages 3-17 are $7.  They also have ticket combination packages where you can visit both the Butterfly Rainforest as well as the Museum of Natural History.

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Summertime Fun

Summertime in North Central Florida can be hot, hot, hot! We’ve got a few ideas to help you keep cool while you’re exploring Gainesville.  We are going to consider these options in a series of posts.

First is the Florida Museum of Natural History.  Did you know they have a cool new exhibit?


Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is a fantastic exhibit allowing you to discover the history of these creatures and their significance in our ecosystem. You will explore their 200 million years of hunting and surviving skills through the exhibit with a digital curator.  Interactive elements allow visitors to test their strength against a crocodile’s bite and see how they use sound waves to make water dance. A life-size model tells the story of Gomek, the largest crocodile ever exhibited.  They have fossils of alligators from right here in North Central Florida from as close as neighboring county, Levy County as well as skulls from past live mascots of the University of Florida.

You will learn some amazing facts such as while an alligator has an amazing force in slamming it jaws closed to capture prey, the muscles used for opening their mouths are actually quite weak.   Another amazing fact is that a crocodile can actually survive for about a year without any food if they have to.  And, did you know they go through more than 3000 teeth in their life span?  Or, what about their life span?  Large crocodilians can live to be 100 years old.

This is a great exhibit to visit with your friends and family to beat the Florida Heat.  The cost is only $7 for Florida residents and seniors ($8 for non state residents), $5.50 for kids ages 3-7, and free to UF Students and Museum Members.

This exhibit runs from May 18 through January 5 of 2020. Want to learn more?  Click here to visit their website.