Legal Issues

Tips For Getting Back Your Entire Pet Deposit

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For some renters who are moving out of their own apartment, the question of getting an entire pet deposit may apply. Some landlords ask for these extra deposits in addition to per-month fees for keeping animals on the premises. Here are some ways to ensure that you will get your entire pet deposit back at […] read more

Which States Require Landlords to Pay Interest on Security Deposits?

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Whether a tenant earns interest on a security deposit is determined by state law. A security deposit protects a landlord against your breaking the lease early and leaving him without rent or from excessive damages to the property. Because you must pay this money to the landlord and cannot use it while you live on […] read more

Choosing Between Renters Insurance Companies

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Many of those renters who are new to the insurance world may be wondering about how to choose renters insurance companies. Renter’s insurance is an optional kind of coverage that often covers personal possessions as well as costs associated with unlivable spaces and forced relocation due to health and safety issues. Compare policies carefully to […] read more

Cheap Renters Insurance: Too Good To Be True?

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You could shop for cheap renters insurance on the Internet but you need to be wary of quotes that are too good to be true. If you get a quote that’s very low you must first find out the terms and conditions that are listed on the insurance contract. You should also find out about […] read more

Reasons to Break a Lease: No Handicap Access

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It is typically very difficult to break a lease after signing a contract. However, the law permits a tenant to break a lease under certain conditions. One of these conditions is when the individual’s circumstances have changed and he now requires a handicapped accessible apartment. If the previously contracted apartment is not designed for handicapped […] read more

Penalties for Giving Short Notice to Vacate

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The timing of when to file a notice to vacate depends on the terms of your lease. Some landlords require 30 days of notice of intent to vacate, while others require 60 days. Providing a notice to vacate according to these rules should have no penalty. If, however, you provide less notice than is required […] read more

Permission to Enter: When Someone Can Legally Enter Your Apartment

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An individual with permission to enter your apartment does not have unrestricted access to your residence. The parameters of when and why a person with permission to enter your apartment is set by you or the paper authorizing entry. General Permission to Enter A general permission to enter can only be granted specifically by you. […] read more

What Constitutes Reasonable Accommodations for Handicap Access

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Your landlord may have a duty to grant your requests for reasonable accommodations for handicap access. Not all landlords are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act or comparable state regulations. It depends on how many tenants rent in the same building, and how many units there are. If your landlord is subject to the […] read more

Reasons to Break a Lease: Emotional Trauma

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It’s difficult for you as a tenant to break a lease, because it’s a legally binding document. One way to do it without legal consequences is when your landlord breaches a provision of the lease and doesn’t do anything to fix it within the time period specified in the lease. There are other reasons to […] read more