Renting? How to protect yourself and save money

. Maura Intermann/Globe staff

Sept. 1, the biggest moving day in Boston, is never without its trials, the Globe’s Hanna Krueger reports. Twelve-foot-high moving trucks meet their match on Storrow Drive’s 10-foot-high overpasses. Discarded furniture litters sidewalks. Someone inevitably lifts with their back and not their legs.

This year, the stress is greater. The brutal mix of high demand and low supply has stoked bidding wars for rentals. Newly listed apartments disappear overnight.

It can be a torturous process. To ease the burden, the Globe combed through state laws and renters’ resources to compile a list of tips that can save you money before, during, and after your lease.


In Boston, rents have hit record highs and vacancy rates are dropping

An in-depth look at the Massachusetts rental market (July edition)

The Globe tells you what to know about moving in, how to protect yourself during your lease, and moving out.

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