Renting an apartment or house from the landlord or renter point of view can be time-consuming and full of surprises. From background checks, to disputes with neighbors and, unfortunately, eviction, there are many legal issues to think about.
Being a Good Landlord:
Whether you're renting an apartment over your garage, a second home, or a multi-unit building, being a landlord isn't easy. You must follow many local and state laws and protect yourself from unruly tenants, and your tenants from harm.
- Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords
- What you need to know about rental discrimination.
- Landlords should also obtain tenant insurance.
- Insurance coverage for loss of use of your home should be considered.
- Is it worth the expense to hire a property manager?
Being a Good Tenant:
Renting may seem stress-free. All you have to do is pay your rent on time and all else done for you, but it often isn't that simple.
- Homeowners' and Renters' Insurance FAQ
- Know your responsibilities and rights as a tenant.
- What to expect from your landlord.
- Should you join a tenants' association?
- If you're moving into a rental, read this now.
- Things to know when you're moving out of a rental.
- Roommates can help with your rent, but can also be trouble.
- Be a thoughtful neighbor and pet owner.
- You need to know if you can get hurricane or tornado insurance.
Whether you deal directly with your landlord or a property manager, understand who is responsible for what before signing a lease.
- What are the basics of residential leases?
- The facts about security deposits and leases.
- Late fees or grace periods if you don't pay your rent on time.
- How to terminate or end a residential lease.
- Rent and rent control: What you need to know.
- Protect yourself if you decide to sublease your rental.
- Mandatory lease notices and disclosures.
- The rules when renting or leasing a condominium?
- Leasing mobile homes and mobile home parking spaces.
Problems and Disputes:
A small issue can escalate into a larger one in no time at all. Understand the steps you can take to protect your interests.
- Resolve disputes with your landlord.
- Eviction as a last resort.
- Who is liable when illegal activities occur on rental property?
- Disputes between tenants or neighbors.
- Toxic mold lawsuits can bring relief.
- Landlord liability in asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawsuits.
- Dog bites and owner liability.
- Slip and Fall FAQs
Some additional issues to consider before renting.