Month to month lease?

Month to month lease?

Today me and my boyfriend looked at an apartment and applied. The lease will be month to month right away. Is that usual? I've only ever heard of that after renting for a year. Would that mean the landlord could just up the rent every month or kick us out whenever he felt like it? Also my boyfriend looked at the place earlier this week and I did today when we turned in the application and he said he had to show it to one more person tomorrow afterward he said he would call us. I would think it would take longer to look into our info, but we are thinking he has already decided who he wants to rent to? And do any of you know how much landlords actually look into rental applications? Like do they atually look up the credit rating and stuff like that? I think I have bad credit from a cable bill that didn't get paid for awhile, but I also make enough money at my job(which I've had for several years) to pay my rent so I'm not sure what will matter more to them.
Plant IDs

Plant IDs

I need photo arrangement help! Plus photos of part of my apartment!

I need photo arrangement help! Plus photos of part of my apartment!

Pond project.

Pond project.

Nice photo of… something

Nice photo of… something

My garden..

My garden..

Asiatic lilies

Asiatic lilies