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Billy DeClerq, Esq.

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Common Tenant Questions

What does my landlord have to repair?

Home and apartment repairs can be tricky, especially when there’s a disagreement over who needs to do them. First, check your lease agreement; that should provide easy answers. If nothing is specified then who’s responsible generally depends on what repairs are needed. Your landlord will likely be responsible for any wear-and-tear works or any repairs that are technically complex, like fixing a roof or the septic system. However, anything like damaged cabinets or carpets will likely be up to you.

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

There’s nothing wrong about leaving your current apartment for a great new find, but you’re obligated to give your old landlord notice. How much notice will depend on your state and your lease: most leases require a the same amount of notice as their duration—a standard month to month rental agreement would typically require you to give 30-days notice, a week to week would require 7 days notice. Longer leases, such as year to year, can require more notice to be given—anywhere from 2 to 6 months. As always, it’s best to check the terms of your lease.

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 notice your landlord will typically have 21 days to send you your deposit or to give you a letter outlining the damage. 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 serious 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, usually 24 hours.

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More Tenant Documents

Moving In and Moving Out

Renter's Inspection Worksheet Make sure your new home is in good shape
Change of Address Letter Let everyone know you've moved
Security Deposit Refund Request Ask for your deposit back
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Dealing with Roommates

Sublease Agreement Fill a room while someone's away
Consent to Sublease Get the okay from your landlord to sublet
Room Rental Agreeement Move someone into a specific room
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Requests to Your Landlord

Complaint to Landlord Tell your landlord what's wrong with your place
Tenant Repair Request Ask your landlord to fix up your home
Non Disturbance Agreement Keep your place even if the landlord sells
Tenant Maintenance Request Get your landlord to deal with wear-and-tear
Tenant’s Notice of Unsafe Conditions Alert your landlord things aren't safe
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