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Renting Home Without Trouble

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 by in Bankruptcy, Estate Lawyer, Law Times |

It is helpful to know your tenant rights, so you should provide some information and resources for tenants (also referred to as “renters”), to ensure that you rights are not denied. Whether you are looking to rent an apartment or house, you need help understanding the landlord-tenant laws in your state, or are involved in a landlord-tenant dispute – this section will provide you with some usefull instructions and informations about you rights and obligations.

For instance, disputes over security deposits are the most common disagreements between tenants and landlords.  Because of this, states have laws with rules for, among other things, what percentage of rent landlords can keep as a security deposit, what landlords can use the security deposit for, and the timeline for when a landlord has to return the security deposit. As with any legal issue, if you believe that your landlord is improperly withholding or misusing your security deposit, it is important to check the laws of your specific jurisdiction before taking action.  The rules concerning security deposits can differ slightly from state to state, so it’s important to look at the laws for your state before deciding how to proceed.

There are several easy and logical tips which will secure you from such situations, and conflicts:

  • Prepare your paperwork : When you go to ckeck out possible unit, bring a completed rental application, written references (other landlords, employers, or friends) and a new version of your credit report. If you go in unprepared, someone else could rent the unit while you’re busy getting your paperwork in order.
  • Examine the Lease Carefully : Don’t just sign the agreement. Read it carefully, and you’ll likely find unacceptable provisions. You must understand that landlords are into securing their rights, rather than yours.
  • Get it in Writing : To protect your rights as a tenant, get everything in writing. Landlords often make shiny promisses before signing the agreement, but make sure that you write everything down and get a sign on that paper from landlord. That is better for both.

  • Guard Your Privacy : Be aware of any provisions in the lease that deal with privacy issues. For instance, you should sign that he can enter on property without noticing only if there is some serious and obvious problem.
  • Make agreement about Repairs : Don’t hesitate to ask your landlord to fix problems that affect the quality of life in your unit (heat, water, electricity, general cleanliness, waterproofing, structural safety, etc). It is fine that you fix and repair what is broken, but make sure that you have agreement who finances them, you or landlord.
  • Get renters’ insurance : Renters’ insurance is relatively cheap and will protect you where your landlord’s insurance won’t. If you suffer losses due to theft or damage or are sued by someone who alleges they were injured in your rental because of your negligence, renters’ insurance can cover you and save you from a large financial loss.
  • Protect yourself : Always check out the surrounding area before you decide to rent. Ask other tenants or local businesses whether the area has much crime, problematic neighbours etc.