The Rights of Tenants and Landlords With Rental Houses
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What Are the Rights of Tenants and Landlords With Rental Houses?
As you would expect, both parties to agreements for rental houses have rights and responsibilities. Often, the rights of one mirror the responsibilities of the other. Here are some primary rights of both tenants and landlords.
- You should receive a clean and safe rental property. Your landlord should deliver a rental home that is safe from any known hazards and should be thoroughly clean to ensure sanitary conditions.
- You should be provided reasonable privacy. Remember, your landlord does have the legal right to gain access to your rental property when appropriate (emergency situations, to make repairs, etc.), but semi-regular unannounced visits at 5:30 a.m. are violations of your rights.
- You have the right to have necessary repairs completed in a timely fashion. When problems (plumbing, electrical, heating, etc.) occur in rental homes, you should notify your landlord immediately. You then should expect that needed repairs will take place as soon as possible.
- Written receipts of payments made by you (rent, security deposits, etc.). Even if you pay by check, you should expect written confirmation of all payments.
- You should receive the rent on time and in full. An agreement made in good faith should be maintained in good faith. If any financial problems afflict tenants in your rental houses, you should expect to be notified promptly.
- You have the right to be notified if your tenants will be away for a prolonged period of time. This gives you the opportunity to monitor your rental property to avoid problems.
- You should receive timely notification of needed repairs so you can fix small problems before they become major issues or cause undue harm to your rental houses.
- Your tenants should abide by all rental or lease terms, just as you are expected to do. Changes desired by one party or the other should be negotiated and agreed to.