Tenants

Tenants have rights. Learn about tenant-landlord laws.
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Ryan Stibor, Esq.

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Tenants FAQs

What does my landlord have to repair?

Who needs to perform rental property repairs can be confusing, especially when there's a disagreement over who needs to do them. First, check your lease agreement; it should outline who needs to do which repairs. If nothing is specified, then who's responsible generally depends on what repairs are needed to be completed. Your landlord will likely be responsible for any wear-and-tear or maintenance repairs, like fixing a roof or the septic system. However, any damage you caused may be up to you to repair.

How much notice do I have to give before moving out?

If you are not currently in a current lease agreement, you can usually move out easily with a 30-day notice. If your lease is still active, check the terms of your lease to see how you must give notice. You may be required to pay the rest of your lease obligation even if you move out. We provide a Tenant's Notice of Intent to Move to help you notify your landlord of your intentions to move. You can adjust the number of days notice on the document. If you cannot afford to pay the rest of your lease, you may be able to get approval to sublease your rental.

How can I get my security deposit refunded?

Getting a security deposit refund has been a constant struggle for renters. First, you need to ask for a refund after you move out; after you give move your landlord will typically have 21 days to send you your deposit or to send you a letter outlining the cost of the damages. While your landlord is entitled to keep the deposit to offset unpaid rent or to make repairs, they are not allowed to keep it for general wear and tear damage to the property, such as faded paint or slightly worn carpet.

Can my landlord enter my apartment?

While the landlord may still own the property you have rights as a renter. A landlord, generally, cannot enter your apartment outside of specific instances; however, a landlord does have a right to enter the property without notice in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or major water leak. Outside of emergencies, a landlord can enter the property only to do repairs, assess damage or risks, or to show the property to prospective tenants if you're moving out—but your landlord must provide you notice to enter, usually a 24-hour notice. Your lease should define when your landlord can enter your apartment.

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