well after living off of dad for far too long it was more than time enough to get out on my own and pay my own way. Being this is my first apartment what are some things I need to know? Any surprises? What are my rights as a renter? I know they cant enter without my permission, but sometimes Ive heard shady things in apartments before. Anyone somewhat familiar with cali laws regarding rentals? I have a 6 month lease and we (my roomate and I) read the lease carefully so I dont think there should be any surprises there. We have been really lucky with getting alot of free stuff from parents and friends. I picked up a really nice solid oak entertainment center for free I found on craigslist, got a bbq from my buddy, some dishware from mom, coffee table from the complex managers (they are really nice ladys), and a nice vanity mirror for the bathroom. Food is limited right now until we get our kicthen in order but we have the essentials, 30 pack of bud light and cold pizza. I think I will continue to search for free and cheap stuff on the internet, hey if anyone has anything in socal area they want to sell cheap or get rid of let me know. Beggers cant be choosers. So far I really love the place, its really well taken care of, great landscaping, new appliances with dishwasher. Im in huntington beach about 3/4 mile away from the ocean. Everyone is really friendly in the complex. We searched a TON of different apartments until we found the one we liked. Well thats all, just wanted some input and know what our rights we do and dont have. It sure is liberating having a place to call your own, I love it!