Most laws about rent, deposits, and evictions are made by the state, and the rules vary heavily. Landlords are generally allowed to raise the rent (subject to rent control laws) at the end of a lease. Tenants that fail to pay rent may be evicted, but landlords must follow a strict procedure to do so. Evictions for other reasons may be prohibited. Some states let tenants withhold rent or deduct costs for repairs when the apartment is in bad condition.
Documenting the Problem
For nearly every issue, tenants should document their problem, notify their landlord (document this too!), and stay informed about their rights. Renterpeace is a free website that helps with each step of this process. Tenants can use RenterPeace for an easy way to track their problems, share with their roommates, keep their landlord notified, see laws for their state and locality, and chat with other tenants about taking action. RenterPeace also comes with a home management system to track chores, shopping, and finances. Visit RenterPeace to learn more.
Using Property Management Software
To stay updated and organized about the problems in their apartments, landlords should use a property management system. Many are expensive or have high setup fees, but landlords can use RenterPeace for free. It's complete with legal compliance tips targeted to their problems, maintenance tracking, tenant screening, money-saving grant information, and tenant chat. It makes managing properties easier and staying updated about status of rental properties a breeze. Learn more.