You may remember signing your name roughly 15 times or so on your lease, and you were most likely told “it’s all generic” … and honestly, most of it is.
But there are a couple parts worth taking a good, hard, look at.
First, make sure the rent, names, and address on the front page are correct. If it’s not, then have your landlord change it and initial the corrections. Second, make sure that anything promised to you (e.g. parking spot, laundry, dishwasher) is written somewhere in the lease, either in “Additional Provisions” or somewhere else in the first four pages.
Make sure you get off on the right foot with your landlord, remember, you’re stuck with this person for the next 12 months. The first thing most landlords will have you do is fill out an Apartment Condition Statement. This means going around and looking for any blemishes/damages that you don’t want to get blamed for (HINT: BE VERY METICULOUS). If your landlord doesn’t mention this form, then ask for one by either your landlord or your realtor, and send it back to your landlord within two weeks.
Worst-case scenario, email me and I’ll send you the damn form.