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Reasons to Break a Lease: Roommate’s Death

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The landlord and tenant laws in your state determine whether you can break a lease because your roommate died, as well as what’s written in the agreement. Your roommate was either a co-tenant or subtenant. Both of these relationships have different contractual obligations and affect how to break a lease in the case of a […] read more

Rental Application: How Many Years after an Eviction is a Landlord Still Allowed to Consider That Eviction?

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Having a prior eviction on your rental application does not necessarily mean you will be denied an apartment lease. How long and its impact on your rental application will differ depending on the landlord. Below is an explanation of the ways in which a prior eviction could affect your future ability to rent a residence. […] read more

Roommate with No Lease: Can Leasee Raise Their Portion of the Rent?

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When you’re renting as a roommate with no lease, you’re either considered a subtenant or co-tenant. The circumstances surrounding the rental relationship and any verbal agreements will imply one or the other. Whether your roommate can raise the rent depends on which of the two you are. Are You a Subtenant? If your roommate rented […] read more

Can I Still Be Evicted If I Never Received a Pay or Quit Notice?

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Real estate laws are different in each state, but they all require some form of pay or quit notice prior to an eviction. Your landlord is supposed to use the notice to demand the payment of rent plus late fees, and to notify you of his intent to proceed with an eviction. In many jurisdictions […] read more

Apartment in Construction: Your Rights as a Tenant

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You might welcome the fact that your apartment is in construction, because the landlord is either remodeling the apartment or fixing repairs that will improve your living space. What you may not appreciate is the fact that you may have to leave the apartment temporarily.  Moving to a new place even for a short time […] read more

Paid Utilities: When Your Landlord Doesn’t Pay Them

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Finding an apartment with paid utilities is a convenient option for many tenants. You may have poor credit that results in companies charging you large deposits prior to connecting utilities. If your landlord will pay for them as part of your rent payment, then you don’t have to worry about that. You also don’t have […] read more

What Does a Pay or Quit Notice Mean?

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A pay or quit notice is sent to a tenant who has failed to pay rent as required by the leasing contract. Most times, this type of notice is sent prior to the landlord beginning eviction proceedings against the tenant. This letter provides a tenant with a certain amount of time, typically 10 days, to […] read more

Legal Rights of Tenants to Access Fuse Boxes

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Most states grant legal rights to tenants to access the fuse box for their rented space. However, the rules regarding this access are different in each state, making it necessary for tenants to contact their local housing agency to determine the laws applicable to themselves. Below is an explanation of the most common rights granted […] read more

Can I Get Rent Compensation for Paid Utilities That I Cover for My Landlord?

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If you have paid utilities that were technically and legally the responsibility of your landlord, you may be entitled to receive compensation or credit for that expenditure on your monthly rent. To obtain such compensation, however, you must prove to your landlord that you made the payments because of his failure. Obtaining Rent Credit: Who […] read more