Legal Issues

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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

Man fights with his landlord over what he believes to be a violation of their lease agreement.

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

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What are a Tenant’s Rights During an Eviction?

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Receiving an eviction notice is jarring, if not devastating. Even if you knew it was coming, the idea of losing your home can cause instant panic. But before you make any big decisions, it’s important to know what your rights are read more

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Rent Guarantor/Co-Signer: What It Is and Why You Need One

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If you’ve been trying to rent an apartment and keep getting told you need a lease guarantor or co-signer, you may be confused as to what the landlord wants and why. Luckily, it’s not so complicated to understand, although it might be difficult to find someone who’s willing to fill the position. read more

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Hard Vs. Soft Credit Checks: What’s the Difference?

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If you’re planning on moving into a new apartment or renting for the first time, you’ve probably thought more than once about how a credit check by a prospective landlord would affect your chances of locking down the place you want. read more

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HOA Rules: Your Responsibilities as a Renter

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When you rent a townhouse, condominium, or a single-family home in a neighborhood of houses that has been deemed a formal community or subdivision, you may be subject to following the rules and regulations of a Homeowners Association (HOA). The HOA’s presumed function is to keep the quality of the community high to keep the […] read more