Tenant FAQ

What should a tenant expect from a landlord? A tenant should expect a landlord to take responsibility for all major aspects of a property’s appearance and functionality. All houses and apartments need to meet residential building code standards. When a tenant moves in, the home or apartment should be clean and should not be in serious disrepair. Additionally, any major problems that arise, like a broken stove or a leaky toilet, are usually the responsibility of the landlord and should be addressed in a reasonable amount of time.

What should a landlord expect from a tenant? Tenants should always pay their rent on time and in full. They are expected to keep their rented property clean and in good shape, excluding major problems that are not the tenant’s fault. For example, it is not the tenant’s fault if an old furnace stops working, but it is the tenant’s fault if a child flushes foreign objects down the toilet and causes pipe damage. Tenants are also expected to respect their neighbors, which includes keeping noise to a minimum.

What role does a lease agreement play in landlord and tenant law? A lease agreement can protect both the landlord and the tenant by making sure both parties are clear on all aspects of this legal contract. Leases typically outline cost of rent, duration of the lease, repair of the property, and usage of the property. Certain aspects of landlord and tenant law can be enforced without a written lease. A lease can help resolve any legal proceedings much quicker, and in some cases the details outlined in a lease will eliminate the need to go to court.

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