A lease or rental agreement is a legal contract, and people under 18 cannot enter into a legally binding contract in the United States, according to Nolo. As a result, most landlords do not risk renting to someone under legal age without a co-signer, explains AskTheJudge.info.Continue Reading
There are two exceptions that allow minors to sign contracts. One exception is a minor who has been legally emancipated and is therefore deemed an adult, according to FreeAdvice. The other exception is that a minor can contract for essential items, such as medicine and food, and lodging is considered to be an essential item in some states.
A significant complication from a landlord's point of view is that a minor can void a contract after the fact in most states, according to LAWCHEK, making it risky for landlords to choose to rent to minors even though it is not illegal.Learn more about Legal Ages