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This NebGuide discusses advantages and disadvantages of renting; factors to consider in selecting rental housing, including apartments; and leases, costs and relationships with the landlord.

The word "home" means something special to all of us. A home is more than four walls and a roof that serves as a shelter from wind and rain. It provides us with a sense of belonging, a feeling of security and a place to relax and "be ourselves."

When we are looking for a place to call home, we have a number of needs to be satisfied. Some of these are very practical -- health, safety, economics. Some are social -- recreation, aesthetics, security. Other needs reflect our personal priorities and values -- privacy, prestige, economy, equality. It is important to understand and recognize these needs when selecting a home