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RenterPeace maintains a robust law library of landlord-tenant laws across different jurisdictions. Our blog posts help summarize the laws for most jurisdictions and categories. You can login to see laws specific to your apartment and jurisdiction, chat with other tenants with similar problems, and see more comment and tips. And it’s all free!

6 Things Every DC Renter Should Know

By |November 21st, 2018|Tenant Tips|

1. First, check if your landlord has a business license If they don't, you have a ton of power. Renting without a business license can result in the landlord receiving a $1000 to $3000 fine on average for a first time offender (DC is harsh!). If the landlord is refusing to make a repair that costs $500, it's a no-brainer to point out these fines. If they try to raise your rent, you can refuse to pay the increase - it's illegal to raise the rent without a business license. Basically, your rights as a tenant expand ten-fold if they are renting without a license. Check here. 2. Housing inspections are typically the best answer If you're already fighting with your landlord or the problems are severe, calling a housing inspection is probably the best answer. It's free, relatively fast [...]

Hurricane Michael: Tenant Rights and Who Pays for What

By |October 11th, 2018|Tenant Tips|

It seems like just yesterday we wrote about Hurricane Florence. Here's what panhandle and Georgian renters need to know... What if my apartment gets damaged? First, take lots of pictures (RenterPeace can help keep your documentation organized). Then make sure to tell your landlord about all the damages, even minor ones. They probably have tons of properties and don't have time to do deep walkthroughs of every single place - by proactively telling them about the problems, you make sure that you're a priority. In every state except for Arkansas, landlords are legally required to fix severe problems at their cost and maintain working utilities to the extent it's under their control - this includes Florida and Georgia. Check RenterPeace for laws on whether the landlord needs to fix specific problems. Make sure to remind your landlord that FEMA may cover the [...]

How to Hold Landlords Accountable

By |October 5th, 2018|Tenant Tips|

All it takes to become a landlord is to own property. While many tenants have to undergo a credit check just to live somewhere, you never see such transparency from landlords. But, there is a simple way to hold landlords accountable! It can be as easy as just telling your story. Learn Your Rights Learning your rights on your own is normally tricky. Try Googling your problem and most of the results will be law firm blog posts that intentionally make the law complicated to make you feel like they're the only ones that can explain it to you. But RenterPeace makes it easy and free. Just visit the RenterPeace law page and search for your problem - no login required. You'll instantly see laws targeted for your jurisdiction. The app will guess your region based on your computer's location - you [...]

Racial Discrimination in West Virginia Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WV|

West Virginia protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their race, color, national origin, and ancestry. Similarly, tenants also have protection under the federal law from discrimination based on their race, color, and national origin. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination is broader than just saying a certain race cannot rent an apartment. Discrimination includes: denying an apartment or application based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrydenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's race, color, national origin, or ancestrydenying a loan based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrypressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of [...]

Racial Discrimination in Wyoming Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WY|

Wyoming protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their race, color, national origin, and ancestry. Similarly, tenants also have protection under the federal law from discrimination based on their race, color, and national origin. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination is broader than just saying a certain race cannot rent an apartment. Discrimination includes: denying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrydenying a loan based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's race, color, national origin, or ancestrypressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain race, color, national origin, or ancestry in the neighborhoodcharging different rent or [...]

Religious Discrimination in West Virginia Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WV|

West Virginia protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their religion. Tenants also have similar protections under federal law. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination covers quite a bit more than just landlords who refuse to rent to certain religions. Discrimination includes: denying a loan based on their religioncharging different rent or offering different amenities based on religionrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's religiondenying an apartment or application based on their religioninterfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their religionpressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain religion in the neighborhoodadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their religionfalsely stating an apartment is not available because of the tenant's religiondenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their [...]

Religious Discrimination in Wyoming Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WY|

Wyoming protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their religion. Tenants also have similar protections under federal law. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination covers quite a bit more than just landlords who refuse to rent to certain religions. Discrimination includes: charging different rent or offering different amenities based on religiondenying an apartment or application based on their religionrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's religioninterfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their religionpressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain religion in the neighborhooddenying a loan based on their religionadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their religiondenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their religion Wyo. Stat. 40-26-107 , Wyo. Stat. 40-26-144 , Wyo. Stat. Sec. [...]

Sex, Gender, and LGBT-Based Discrimination in West Virginia Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WV|

West Virginia law (and federal law) protects tenants from discrimination based on their sex or gender. This covers everything from offering lower rent for sexual favors to advertising men or women only apartments. West Virginia has no explicit protections for LGBT tenants, but federal and state protections against discriminating by one's gender offers some indirect protections in certain cases. To be safe, landlords should be careful about treating LGBT tenants differently. Sexism West Virginia law and federal law protect tenants from discrimination based on their sex (e.g., male, female). This protects tenants from most kinds of sexist acts, including advertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their sex, pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain sex in the neighborhood, building a place that is inaccessible, denying an applicant [...]

Sex, Gender, and LGBT-Based Discrimination in Wyoming Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|WY|

Wyoming law (and federal law) protects tenants from discrimination based on their sex or gender. This covers everything from offering lower rent for sexual favors to advertising men or women only apartments. Wyoming has no explicit protections for LGBT tenants, but federal and state protections against discriminating by one's gender offers some indirect protections in certain cases. To be safe, landlords should be careful about treating LGBT tenants differently. Sexism Wyoming law and federal law protect tenants from discrimination based on their sex (e.g., male, female). This protects tenants from most kinds of sexist acts, including advertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their sex, building a place that is inaccessible, pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain sex in the neighborhood, refusing to allow the tenant to [...]

Can Landlords Reject Tenants with Housing Vouchers in West Virginia?

By |September 12th, 2018|WV|

There is no explicit law in West Virginia, its major cities, or counties regarding whether landlords can implement a policy of not accepting vouchers or tenants receiving government assistance to pay rent. However, some courts have ruled that doing so violates the Fair Housing Act and similar laws. Discrimination Against Families and Minorities Most of the time, landlords are free to deny voucher holders as a rule where there is no direct rule against it. However, a few courts have held that discrimination against voucher recipients (e.g., a "No Voucher" policy) violates anti-discrimination laws (see the Fair Housing Act and the corresponding state law of West Virginia). This is because a majority of voucher recipients are minorities and families and so such a policy has a discriminatory impact on those protected groups. While rare, it's becoming increasingly common. To be [...]