When you live in a rental, you may not be fully aware of your tenants' rights. It is important to understand your rights – or lack of them – to make the most of your rental experience. And if you are a Lord of lords, it is better to know what rights your tenants are entitled to, so that you do not get caught up in a surprise request.
Complaints cannot be unaddressed
In the case of crucial items being broken or a condition that makes the unit uninhabitable, a landlord has an obligation to respond in a timely manner and resolve the issues in question. During that time, the laws in many places say that landlords cannot collect rents until the problems are fixed. If you experience a major problem in your rental, document your communication with the landlord (or your tenant) so that you have the backup you need if things get complicated in this process.
Remember that tenants have a certain responsibility as long as keeping the rent in order is worrying. Tenants are responsible for keeping all units clean and sanitary, safely using appliances, disposing of garbage as needed, not causing damage to the unit or building, and repairing damage caused by them, their guests or any pets.
Notification of entry
The landlord should notify it well in advance if they plan to enter a unit. In fact, landlords, in addition to an emergency, must notify the entire 24 hours before entering a unit. Their entry can be for many reasons – a tour, a repair or an inspection. Anyway, this message is a legal requirement. This law is called the right of "quiet enjoyment", which means that tenants have the right to reasonable freedom without intrusion – or at least the notice of intrusion – from their landlord.
Security Deposit Return
The tenancy continues even after a tenant moves out of a rental. These rights can be attributed to the deposit that most tenants are required to deposit before moving in. If no damage has occurred to the unit during a tenant's time there, a tenant is entitled to a refundable security deposit after the move. Most states have a time limit for how long a landlord must issue the refund. For example, California law dictates that a landlord has 21 days to repay a security deposit. In California, a deposit interest is also collected, even in units that do not fall under rent control.
Virginia, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania all give landlords 30 days. This is something you should practice with your landlord before moving out. Again, documentation is a good idea for legal clarity. Landlords should specify when they will refund a security deposit, along with the amount.
Right to rent
Most landlords perform background checks and credit checks on their potential tenants before approving them to move to a rental. Although landlords have the right to reject all applicants for most criminal convictions, it is usually illegal to reject someone because of a previous sentencing. However, a landlord may reject an applicant who has been convicted of manufacturing or selling drugs. They can also reject someone who is currently using illegal drugs.
The way tenants violate rights
There are also ways that tenants often violate their rights in rents.
Taking long trips
If you are going on a long vacation you want to bring in your rental value on this fact. In some states, you may even be required to do so under your rental agreement. This is because the landlords may want to check the unit while you are away to ensure that no major problems have occurred (such as a scrubbing or incorrect attack). Let your landlord go on trips that last two weeks or more to be safe.
Having a waterbed
Having water-filled furniture, like a waterbed, is in many cases a rental breach. This is because they pose a continuous risk of damage to your rental.
Overfilling your space
Although paying your rent on time each month does not mean that you can have as many people as you want in your apartment. Many leases and states have occupancy limits that dictate a certain capacity. This is definitely something to know before asking another roommate to move in.
Understanding your rights and lack of them as tenants makes it easier to get the most out of your rent and really make it your own!