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Landlord-Tenant Act

Living Well and Stress-Free: Know Your Landlord-Tenant Rights

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Each state has a different Landlord-Tenant Act designed to protect the rights of both parties in a rental agreement. You'll have to check with the laws for your individual state to find out specifics, but this article covers some general rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants that are mostly consistent from state to state. read more

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Can a Landlord Charge You for Plumbing Repairs?

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The single best part of being a renter is that even though you’re expected to keep the apartment in decent condition while you’re living there, you’re not necessarily responsible for its upkeep (i.e. dealing with electrical, heating, or structural issues). read more

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Dear Landlords: How to Help Tenants and Stay Afloat in the Time of COVID-19

Nothing is certain in the time of COVID-19. With cases skyrocketing in parts of the US and federal rent protections ending soon, we’re seeing millions of out-of-work renters being forced to contend with the real possibility of an impending eviction. To make matters worse read more

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5 Ways Tenants Can Fight an Eviction Notice

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As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, frustration and poverty continue to increase exponentially. read more

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NOLO Attorneys on the State of Apartment Tours in the Time of COVID-19

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Nothing is certain in the time of COVID-19. With cases skyrocketing in parts of the US and federal rent protections ending soon, we’re seeing millions of out-of-work renters being forced to contend with the real possibility of an impending eviction. To make matters worse, the pandemic has complicated the process of finding a new home […] read more

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How to File a Small Claims Lawsuit Against Your Landlord or Property Manager

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A significant number of landlords and property managers across America have shown great empathy and understanding to tenants who can’t pay their rent due to the poverty and illness the coronavirus has caused. read more

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Top 5 Universal Tenant Rights

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Whether you're new to the tenant scene or you've been renting for the last 20 years, every tenant has rights. Here are the top 5 universal tenant rights throughout the US. 1. Right to a safe living space read more

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Legal Rights of Roommate with No Lease

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Are you co-renting an apartment with other people, but your name doesn’t actually appear on the lease agreement? If you aren’t the lease-holder but are roommates with someone who is, you may be legally referred to as either a sub-tenant or co-tenant. In circumstances such as this, you have rights nearly indistinguishable from the tenant […] read more

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7 Ways Your Landlord Is Breaking the Law (and Your Lease!)

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Renters are often intimidated by landlords, especially if renting a home is a new experience for them. read more