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RenterPeace maintains a robust law library with over 65 categories of landlord-tenant problems, covering everything from bed bugs to discrimination. Check back frequently, as we constantly cover more problems for more jurisdictions.

Utilities and Services

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

Landlords are generally required to provide essential services and access to utilities, like plumbing, hot water, electricity, and trash removal. If the apartment fails to have these essential functionalities (even if it's the fault of the utility company), the landlord is in violation of their duties in most states and tenants are usually free to break the lease. Landlords are not typically required to maintain amenities.

Uses of the Apartment

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

Leases generally dictate how tenants may use the apartment. Animals may prohibited and tenants may be charged a pet fee unless it's an emotional support animal or service animals. Unless the lease or local laws prohibit it, tenants are free to sublease or put the home on AirBNB (or similar service). Login to see laws relevant to your apartment, document your problems, chat with other tenants, and see comments and tips by people with similar problems. It's free!

Structural Issues

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

In nearly every state, tenants are entitled to a safe and structurally sound apartment. This includes walls and roof without major holes, safe windows and doors, working locks, and more. Landlords are not typically required to make minor or aesthetic fixes except as required by local housing codes and tenants are generally responsible for problems that they caused through misuse of the apartment. Login to see laws relevant to your apartment, document your problems, chat with other tenants, and see comments and tips by people with similar problems. It's free!  

Rent, Deposits, and Evictions

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

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.

Pests and Toxins

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

Landlord are also required to disclose the presence of certain toxins to tenants, as well as ensure that the apartment is safe for humans. Landlords are also responsible for ensuring apartments are free of major infestations, except when it's caused by the tenant. Often, tenants are left to self-help techniques because of the difficulty in proving whose fault the problem is.  

Rental Discrimination

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

Tenants have federal and state protections against discrimination. Federal law protects tenants from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, mental and physical disability, or the presence of children. Additionally, states may protect marital status, LGBT and sexual orientation, immigration, and even any decision based on physical appearance.

Crime and Safety

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

Landlords are responsible for providing a structurally sound apartment with a lock in most areas. Landlords are typically responsible for dangers in the neighborhood only if the building or house has been broken into before and the landlord failed to implement suggested, reasonably-priced protections (e.g., security cameras). In such case, the consequences are severe and they can become liable for any injuries or theft that occurs because they failed to implement those measures.

Noise and Privacy

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

In most jurisdictions, tenants are entitled to a minimum level of peace in their apartment. Excessive loud noises or other issues may be justification for tenant to break a lease in extreme circumstances. Landlords in most areas are also prohibited from entering the tenant's apartment for no reason or without giving proper notice to tenants beforehand.

Facilities

By |February 7th, 2018|Laws|

Landlords are required to maintain and clean common areas and facilities. Landlords cannot discriminate against certain classes of people in their access to the facilities. If there's a problem that causes an injury or theft, the landlord may be liable for the cost, depending on the situation.