Every state in the U.S. has an extensive set of tenants and landlords rights that will dictate how a tenancy contract will be executed. These tenants and landlords rights are instituted by state governments to keep landlords and tenants from abusing one another in various aspects of a rental contract such as repairs, evictions, living conditions, privacy etc. The article below will try to go over some tenants and landlords rights, from the perspective of both the tenants as well as the landlords.
Privacy – tenants and landlords rights – The tenants and landlords rights of a tenant will allow them to enjoy a property without being disturbed by abnormal noise, odors or other forms of distractions that might come from other neighbors or from the landlord. At the same time, tenants and landlords rights of the landlord will allowthe landlord to expect the tenant to provide the same peace and quiet to other tenants in the rental property. As for entry into a rental apartment, tenants and landlords rights of a tenant will allow them to seek a notice in writing from the landlords before the landlords can make an entry for certain authorized reasons such as repairs or inspections. However, tenants and landlords rights for a landlord will allow a landlord to enter a rental property without providing any notice if there is an emergency situation such as a fire or earthquake.
Security deposits – tenants and landlords rights – A lot of disputes in rental contracts usually stem from security deposit related issues. The tenants and landlords rights of a tenant will allow them to expect the landlord to make a refund of the security deposit once an apartment is vacated by the tenants at the end of a stipulated lease. At the same time, tenants and landlords rights of a landlord will allow the landlord to make deductions to the security deposit if the tenant has caused damages to the apartment or has back rent that is still owed. But, tenants and landlords rights guidelines will require the landlord to authenticate the money used on repairs by providing itemized bills to the tenants. The tenants and landlords rights of a tenant will usually allow the tenant to verify these charges and also take the landlord to small claims court if they feel that the deductions to the security deposit are erroneous or suspicious in nature.
Repairs – tenants and landlords rights – The tenants and landlords rights of a tenant will allow the renter to expect an apartment in a habitable condition, at all times. If something breaks down in an apartment, tenants and landlords rights of the tenant will usually require the tenant to make a written request to the landlord, informing them about the break down in their apartment and the need for repairs. After a request is made, tenants and landlords rights of the tenant will allow tenants to expect repairs to be carried out in a reasonable amount of time, failing which, tenants and landlords rights of the tenant will allow the renter to break the lease, withhold rent payments or even pay reduced rent. The tenant will also have the alternative to drag the landlord to court if they ignore requests for repairs and still demand continued rent payments.