Top Tenant-Landlord Legal Questions

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We first started this blog in 2005 and we wanted to bring a few posts back to the forefront to help those of you who will be moving this spring or summer. Because landlord-tenant issues are so common, the most important legal posts are grouped below. We hope these are useful as you start planning your next move.

How to Break a Lease
Your apartment at “Buena Vista Village” looks out on a junkyard, is infested with roaches, your next-door neighbors are running a meth lab, your upstairs neighbor is a professional tap-dancer, your carpeting still smells like the urine of the previous tenant’s cats (which she definitely wasn’t allowed to have), your car has been broken into three times in the past month, and there are bullet holes in one wall of the complex that haven’t been covered up in the whole time you’ve been there. Read more…

3 Tips When You Break a Lease
You’re sick and tired of the sewer running through your apartment, your neighbors and their pets won’t stop running around above you, your car has been broken into twice within the last month, and all you want to do is just leave your apartment. Too bad you still have 6 months left on your lease. Before you threaten your landlord with leaving him with an empty apartment, make sure you know these 3 tips when you break you lease. Read more…

Decoding Your Lease’s Legal Jargon
Unless you’re a real estate lawyer, a landlord, or you just like reading over lease documents, the legal terminology in your lease might not be used in your everyday vocabulary. Terms such as buyout clause, sublease, and termination could help you break your lease, if you know how to use the legal jargon to your advantage. Here are a few general terms to help you through your lease. Read more…

How to Get Your Security Deposit Back
Ah, the security deposit… a financial burden when moving in, a blessing when moving out. There’s a reason it’s called a deposit–because you put money down only to cover excess damages that you might cause but, you’re almost guaranteed to get it back. Unless you cause extreme damage that your landlord can prove was your fault and existed after you moved out but before new tenants moved in, you deserve to have your deposit refunded in full. Normal wear and tear on the apartment is to be expected. However, some landlords won’t make the effort to get your money back to you unless you ask for it. Beyond making sure that your crazy friends don’t trash your apartment or that the kitten you’re secretly hiding in your room doesn’t claw up the carpet too badly, here are some steps to take to ensure you get your security deposit back. Read more…

Handling an Eviction Notice
You pay rent on time, keep your apartment reasonably clean, and you think you’re a darn good tenant. You’ve never even considered the possibility of being evicted. Even if you’re sure it’ll never happen to you, it’s important to know the details of the eviction process and the many reasons why you might be evicted. Those who pay rent on time may still be susceptible to eviction due to other factors. Read on to learn more about the various categories of eviction and your rights in each situation.

There are three main types of eviction notices, as well as a separate category of non-eviction notices to vacate. Each type of eviction notice–pay or quit, cure or quit, and unconditional quit–is described below, and the non-eviction notices are covered below. Read more…

66 Responses to “Top Tenant-Landlord Legal Questions”

  1. April 15, 2008 at 10:02 am, Guest said:

    The tenants in my building (5-apartment rowhome)just found out that our landlord has not been paying the water bill. We received notice that they are turning off the water within 5 days. We have no way of contacting the landlord. There is no management present. (There used to be when we moved in.) The landlord lists one of the apartments as his address – and the tenants of that apartment have had people come there to serve warrants, issue supeonas, etc. We decided to split the overdue water bill and pay it (deducting it from our rents) so that we are not burdened by this. However, the landlord has only cashed the rent checks coming from my apartment. He is not cashing the others. the other tenents recently cancelled checks that have been outstanding for months. several other tenants in our building and several others have stopped paying rent entirely. They have been living this way for 8 months now. (I am very disappointed that he is only cashing my checks. i could use a few months of free rent myself.) We are now growing very worried that someone is going to foreclose on the property and we are all going to be on the streets without any notice. We live in Philadelphia, PA. Any idea who we can contact about possible leins or foreclosures on this property? I really don’t want to move. its a sweet apartment in an amazing neighborhood with ridiculously low rent. But i don’t want to be forced into a quick move either. i already know i’ll never get my security deposit back and he is violating a substantial portion of the local landlord-tenant laws. I just want to check out the possibility of foreclosure. I’d even be willing to BUY this building if i could.


  2. April 16, 2008 at 8:40 pm, Guest said:

    ‘A Backdoor Eviction’
    I’ve heard of people getting a ‘backdoor eviction’ when the landlord substantially raises the rent when the lease expires, just to get the renter to leave. This can indirectly get a tennant to leave, or extract a lot more money from them if for some reason they decide to stay on.


  3. April 18, 2008 at 10:18 pm, Guest said:

    Contact your local housing authority commission and get proper legal advice. Don’t stop paying rent at any point! Continue to pay, deducting the water bill from your rent check and send a certified letter to the landlords address explaining why the payment is less than the agreed amount. Good luck and be careful!


  4. June 09, 2008 at 1:29 pm, Guest said:

    I am renting an apartment. I have just discovered that I have been paying the electric bill for the common areas(basement and hallways). And also noticed there was only 1 gas hot water tank in the basement. How do I figure out how much the landlord is supposed to pay me back for the utilities that I have been paying, even though he did not notify me of this.


    • October 26, 2016 at 8:42 pm, Ryan said:

      > call the local utilies company. Such as your power, water, and gas company. They can give you rough estimates of how much the utilies bills are there. And ask specific questions, that they can legally give you. Then deduct that from the next months rent, with an attached notice of why the amount agreed upon is lower. Send it certified mail. So then he has no legal wiggle room. Keep all receipts, keep records of what company you called, when, the reps name, the time you called, date you called, and the reps id number.


  5. June 11, 2008 at 1:29 pm, Guest said:

    We rent a 1st floor apartment in a 2 story apartment complex. Recently, the management renovated the apartment above us to have hard wood flooring rather than carpet. We can now hear every step our new neighbors take. Is there any recourse? We have been here for 4 years.


  6. June 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm, Guest said:

    if you find any info out can you please email me at [email protected]?? I am having a very similar issue


    • October 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm, Ryan said:

      > i would find out if your area has a "landlord association." First off. Most cities do. If so, try contacting them, first to find out if anyone of them know about any "future forclosures." of course, not everyone is honest. So if noone knows there, contact your local credit bureau. They are commited to honesty, and they are probably most likely the most honest of all financial instutions.


  7. July 10, 2008 at 7:12 pm, Guest said:

    i am a first time renter. there have been problems from the start. hot water going out leaking plumbing from upstairs apartment. really messed up wiring in the house at one point we only had electricity in our bedroom. there are no fire extinguishers no smoke alarms. we have been here for 6 months and we just had out first late payment which the landlord knew it would be late. he ended up calling my sister and her husband both stating that i didnt pay rent and he will bring me to court. HELP


  8. July 12, 2008 at 6:29 am, Guest said:

    We’ve been renting a house for a little over 2 years now. When we moved in the carpet wasn’t that great. The previous renters lived there for 10 years and the capret has never been replaced. I want my security depoist back, but the landlord says because the capret was taken up, (he knew about this when we did it) that we are not entitled to it back. How often are they required to change the carpet?


  9. July 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm, Guest said:

    help. i am a 21 year old renter in NY. I am renting a room in somones house….They have there bottom floor of the house with 2 rooms that are rented out. I am one of these. My landlords are told me and my gF that we could not have anybody in the house….ok fine it is the middle of summer and i can sit outside….now they are telling me that we cant have anybody on the proerty…should i tell them to fuck themselves or what? i dont know what to do at this point….thanks to anyone that can help me….email- [email protected]


  10. July 31, 2008 at 8:51 pm, Guest said:

    It may or may not be legal for your Landlord to have two rooms “rented out” depending on the zoning regulations. In some, rented spaces can’t have kitchen stove but there is a limit on the number of unrelated persons occupying the property.Even as “roomers”, there should have been a written agreement you got from him for you to understand the conditions of you living there. If you don’t have anything, a lease, rental agreement, you have no legal recourse to use on Landlord. He may or may not be declaring taxes on the rental income, but whatever you do or say,in the end he can just tell you to leave. In some states, when you occupy part of the structure with the Landlord who is the owner of the property, and you have no formal legal rental arrangement, it is a “share” or roommate situation, and there is no legislation regulating it.


  11. August 08, 2008 at 2:50 pm, Guest said:

    Pegasus Connections, Orlando Fla —-My 19-yr old son was looking for an apt and signed a contract at Pegasus Conections in Orlando that stated he must have a “guarantor” sign OR he must pay $6700 up front. Well, when he was looking at the apt, the assistant mgr told him to sign and then take a couple of days to SEE if he could find a guarantor. We (his parents) will not sign, as he only has a part-time job and we do not want to be responsible for 1 year of payments. He called the apt manager back the next day and told her he could not find a guarantor -she told him he now owes $6700 within 2 weeks. Is this legal????? What is our best option- let them sue him (he has NOTHING but it could damage his credit for 7 years) or try to fight it? He informed them the next day, so no loss of “potential renters” or income. The apt itself has extrmely poor ratings on all the apartment blogs, but not sure if anyone else has encountered this. Where could I check to see if similar complaints about this apt have been posted?


    • October 26, 2016 at 8:14 pm, Ryan said:

      > i do not believe this is legal. If he signed with no guarantor, as required by the mgr, they will have no case against him. I believe the laws of contract state if you cannot fulfill the contract, if the contract required certain things, and they did not fulfill their duty. Contract law is the best way to know if it is legal.


  12. August 18, 2008 at 1:28 pm, Guest said:

    my landlord lied in court and got me evicted from my apartment we had a verbal agreement, and after a year of putting off the modifaction of arrears that I owed he went to the court and said i have not paid my rent in a year and i got evicted that was three years ago and he still has not sent me my file back that he has all my personal papaers what can I do here thanks


  13. August 19, 2008 at 12:01 pm, Guest said:

    Is anyone familiar with a situation where the maintenance man is using the apartment complex keys to gain access to tenant apartments and then entering when they are not home and stealing things? Is there any liability on the apartment complex since the dude was their employee and on the clock at the time? The guy got caught but none of the tenants got any of their stuff back. What can be done to recover belongings?


  14. September 05, 2008 at 12:15 pm, Guest said:

    Help. my daughter signed a 9 month lease in august with 3 other 18 year olds. My daughter is working full time and going to college. Her roommates are making so much noise that she is unable to sleep. She asks them several times a night to please keep the noise down as she has to get up at 4:30am for work. They have become even noisier and are now yelling at her and calling her names. My daughter is unable to sleep. She has clinical depression which is becoming much worse due to the sleep deprivation. We have talked with the apartment office manager and she says that whether my daughter wants to move out completely or just transfer to another unit in the same complex there is a $4,000.00 fee. Is there anyway my daughter can get out of her lease or transfer within the same complex without paying the huge fee? We are very concerned for her health. She lives in northern arizona


  15. September 07, 2008 at 10:30 pm, Guest said:

    if you find out a answer to this question please let me know because i am having the same problem with my landlord thanks
    email [email protected]


  16. September 08, 2008 at 11:59 am, Guest said:

    I rent an apartment that had a fire…the tenant downstairs is at fault…what next??


  17. September 23, 2008 at 12:49 pm, Guest said:

    Get a police report.


  18. September 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm, Guest said:


    I moved into my current place almost 2 years ago. The guy that moved out when I moved in (lets call him Mike), left furnitures behind such as couch, chairs…
    We are 3 guys in the apartment, the 2 guys that used to live with Mike moved out couple of months ago, I have 2 “brand new” roommates.
    Mike recently contacted me saying that he wants to take his stuff back, after almost 2 years. Claiming that he had an agreement with his previous roommates. I was never aware of such agreement when I moved in (no oral or written notification). During the two years I lived with these guys, they never mentioned such agreement with Mike.

    Just before they moved out, one of the roommate told me that Mike might want to come pick up his couch. I was really surprised and told them to deal with it before they move out as i don t know this guy and don t want to deal with such hassle. So I decided to play it cool.

    The 2 guys moved out, never heard from Mike until 3 weeks ago. After 2 years of “free storage” Mike wants his 2 couches back.

    – Do I have to give his pretended stuff back? As I never had any agreement with him or the 2 other roommates.
    – One of the former roommate can not confirm that the couch is his

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks a lot

    [email protected]


  19. October 02, 2008 at 11:32 am, Guest said:

    Hello I currently live in an apartment I’ve lived in for 5 years. I resigned my lease in May, I live in the upstairs apartment and there is a downstairs. I recently found out the owners are trying to rent the bottom through section 8. This was not the case when I resigned my lease. I live in Pittsburgh PA does anyone know if I can legally break my lease if he does rent to section 8? Please email me if you have any info. [email protected]


  20. October 03, 2008 at 9:43 am, Guest said:

    what happens when your maintance man goes into your apartment when your not home and beats up your dog and rips your satalite out of the ground and rips the the wires from the tv out of the wall and then i called the police they took the report and said try to resolve it with the manager so i called the manager and she said the mantance can come in to the apartment any time they want and my dog should have been locked in the room so the next day we took down the rent money and they told us we were being avicted so the manger came down to the apatment as we were getting are things out and started calling me a dead beat and just sreaming at me my wife told her we have two two year old kids just give us a half hour she said no i want you off my property losers and at time my went after her i grabbed her be for she touched her and the mantance men grabbed the manager and the manager pulled a gun in people and kids and she had my wife locked up had crimanal charges file on her and we try to file charges but they told us we can’t do that my wife now has a record and i have good credit i can’t get a place to live for my family every to i go for an apartment do a back round check on my wife and frankincommens were we use to live and the manager get’s on the and them what lo lives we are and there nothing we can do no layers will take the case because this managers husband is a police officer and she knows way too many paople me and my wife are known as very freidly and very hard working people we have never see the in of a jail in are lives and now becouse this lady lied about every thing we can’t get a place to live i can’t anybody who will give us a chance we are great people if somebody will give us a shot we will prove it. thank you


    • October 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm, Ryan said:

      > by law, it does not matter if you are a private landlord or a part of a managed complex. They are not legally allowed to just "pop in" whenever they want. They can only legally do it with your permission. By law, if they have a maintence issue they need to fix, they are legally required to provide you with prior notice. And still cannot legally enter your place of residence without your permission. Unless they have a police officer there to be a witness to what they are doing. File a complaint with your local housing agency. It might do you part good. If not, take them to small claims, its more affordable, and its more likely you will get something. In small claims, lawyers are not allowed. Go gather the evidence to support your claim, make sure you take lots of photos of the damage done, and there will be no doubt you will get something. They will try to settle for lower, dont take that!!!


  21. October 04, 2008 at 9:58 am, Guest said:

    If the apartment complex is sold. do you have to sign a new lease or does the existing one apply?


  22. October 05, 2008 at 10:49 am, Guest said:

    when you are renting from someone ( a room or an apartment, same thing, you still have the same rights) you are allowed to have visitors such as family or friends over for a respectable period of time. or any business, sales, service, people etc.. unless it is stated in a written, signed lease that this is not allowed. so if its not in the lease tell them to fuck off!!!!


  23. October 05, 2008 at 10:52 am, Guest said:

    as i told the other, when you rent from someone you have the right to have friends, family, business, sales or service people etc. over for a respectable period of time unless it is stated in a written and signed lease that you cant.


  24. October 05, 2008 at 10:57 am, Guest said:

    it is illegal for a landlord to have other utilities that are for other tenants use as your responsibilty without ever telling you of this. if you are paying for other tenants utilities and that was never discussed and agreed upon by you and the landlord and it was without your knowledge, then you can sue the landlord and also the landlord can be criminally charged for this.


  25. October 27, 2008 at 1:06 pm, Guest said:

    Why would you try to claim something that isn’t yours to begin with? That’s a hassle on your part and mikes’.


  26. November 04, 2008 at 12:45 pm, Anonymous said:

    I need some input… I have lived in this apartment for a year and a half now and this last Saturday I washed my new comfortor cover and sheets in the washer and now their are grease and oil stains all over them. I brought this up to my apartment manager on Monday and told her what had happend and reminder her how i brought up this problem when i had it about 5 months ago. I asked her if there is anyway she might be able to replace them by cutting a check or taking the amount off my rent for the month so I can buy new ones. She told me “No” there is nothing she is going to do and that it is something to file under renters insurance.
    Only problem is renters insurance does not cover such things that are a problem due to lack of maintenance. I cannot find anything in the Minnesota Renters-Landlord Law that directly reflects this does anyone have some imput for me before I contact the management group who owns this building?


  27. November 29, 2008 at 1:26 am, Guest said:

    My GF and I live in a trailer that she owns and we rent the lot it sits on, we have had the same dog for almost 5 years now and he has been approved by all previous managers. We recently got a new manager and she says get rid of the dog or you’re evicted. Do we have any options?


  28. January 03, 2009 at 11:08 pm, Guest said:

    Whatever happened with “mike”, you had no legal duty to give him back anything. This was NOT your problem and should not have been dumped on you.
    Hope you stood your ground and told “mike” to bug off.


  29. January 04, 2009 at 7:42 pm, Guest said:

    I just went to drop off my rent. It’s Jan 4th. There’s a note on the drop off box saying “Your rent is now late. Please send a cashier’s check and an additional $50.” Is this legal?


  30. January 13, 2009 at 2:50 am, Guest said:

    Can my NJ landlord store his personal items in my apartment?


  31. January 18, 2009 at 8:22 am, Guest said:

    only if that late clause is in your lease


  32. January 18, 2009 at 8:30 am, Guest said:

    so, your too good to live beside someone that recieves section 8 assistance?…or are you just plain discriminating against people that do?…I thinks its automatically assume people are trash because of their fianncial situation is bigotry, no matter how you try to defend yourself.


  33. January 18, 2009 at 8:38 am, Guest said:

    Id file a small claims against her for harrasment and intimindation. Once you have the court date, start printing it up in any and all local papers. Force her hand legally


  34. January 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm, Guest said:

    We are tenants in the four stories appartments building. New tenant above our apartment is daily extremelynoisy (Thumping the floor, running droping heavy objects at any time of the day or night.
    Management does not intend to do anything to improve our situation. We have been in this apparment more than 13 years.

    Please advise.


  35. February 11, 2009 at 6:10 pm, David said:

    I am a tenant and employee at an apartment complex in arizona. I had a visitor over one evening when the security guard and owner knocked at the door. The asked if a specific individual was in the apartment. I said yes. The owner said that the visitor was banned from the property and because he was in my apartment he said, ” your fired and I want you out tomorrow.

    Is this legal?


  36. February 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm, Christina said:


    Me and my roommate decided to move to a larger apartment last week, and after much looking we found the perfect complex. We were shown apartment #13, but it already had someone elses deposit on it. They were showing us #13 to say this is how #10 would look, which was freeing up next week. So, we were like well #13 was awesome, so yes. And put a deposit down.

    #10 is a hellhole. The floors are half-rotten, dipping down when you step on them, the carpet is disgusting, it doesn’t have a microwave (the other had a VERY LARGE and high quality microwave), the appliances were old (they were new in the other apartment), and that wasn’t it. She lady assured us that they would work on it and have it up to a livable standard. The only way I’d feel comfortable living there is if they redid the entire flooring, all the carpet’s and painted over the walls. (Did I mention the place smelt like animal piss?). Even with all that, what about the appliances? The refrigerator is almost half as small as the one in the other place.

    I don’t want that place, and the land-lady said to bad, you already put a deposit down. Either you move in or forfeit the deposit. I told her we would not move into that place in the condition it was in, and wanted our deposit back and she said if she could get someone to rent it in the next 10 or so days, then she’d give it back.

    Should I be entitled to get it back? Because the property was misrepresented.


  37. February 20, 2009 at 1:32 am, mary said:

    I’m 19 and today I went to the apartment complex pegasus pointe near ucf with my friends and their parents. They signed all their leases and paid for everything. I signed everything and signed the lease but I did not fill out my guarantor paper which I need because I do not even have a job. I also did not pay anything. The lady in the office told us that now we had signed the lease, that we could not back out and if we did we would have to pay a $350 fee and find a replacement tenant. Does this apply to me still even though I didn’t pay or have my guarantor comply? I want to get out of it but I’m afraid that they won’t let me


  38. March 09, 2009 at 12:37 pm, Mel said:

    So, does anyone know how this can be helped? .. I am a current renter at JM rentals in Fargo ND. I have been a tenant here for about 2 years. I initially started of in a single apartment by myself and then moved right next door with my best friend and boyfriend. We have had no problems with them until recently. I was on my early spring break vacation and not in this state. I called before letting them know that I would be gone and tried to clarify a letter we had recieved about our rent increasing in addition to paying our own electrocity. We now only pay one monthly fee that includes everything. I was concerned with this because our lease ends at the end of April and was curious if it would affect us. I called in and also asked about when our 60 day notice should be in. The landlord led me to believe if I turned it in early, then we would have to vacate the premasis early also, early april. So my return from spring break was the 1st, which was a Sunday. On Monday, we delivered the notice by hand. They sent us a letter saying that we could not leave until the end of May. This is a huge problem because I have a job set up for the beginning of May in the twin cities (4 hours away) and a home set up. Not only that but so do my roomates. They all have different places and different job locations. I gave her the notice and told her that I and my roomates would be gone so we could not turn it in. She said to me that I could have put it in with my rent check. But, if we would have done that, the rent was put in on that Sunday, the 1st. They would not have recieved our thing until the 2nd anyway. I do not feel we should be penalized for a day late. Plus I have referred 3 different people, who are currently renting here, to live here, Never been late on a monthly payment, pay months in advance, and have never had a complaint. I feel hurt and very frusterated. All of our parents took off time from work to help us move and we have jobs, new homes, and other things riding on this. Can they do this? Especially since I informed her before that we would be out, she clearly understood, and yet is now being rude? I understand they cant be bending rules and what not for people a few days late but even if they would have got it in with our rent check for the 1st, the main office would not have gotten it until the 2nd. We have 5 other lives that this is affecting because of requested time off and so on. As you can see I am extremely frutserated. Any comments?



  39. April 16, 2009 at 11:54 am, cmoney said:

    my apartment ive lived in for 6 months is starting to give me major greif over theyre mistakes. i got a call saying to come to the office because they need proof of last months payment. i show them proof then they say it was the month before that that they need.i tell the lady ill have to find it.
    i get to my apartment and not 30 minutes later i get a paper saying they want any proof i can provide of payment due to a virus. well,since i work 2 jobs i didnt get around to it and a week later i get an advance notice of intent to lock out with them suddenly saying i didnt pay my rent from months back.
    so i go in there immediately and ask the office people what kind of crap are you trying to pull? i then proceeded to show them my printout id gotten from the office the previous month showing that rent wasnt due anymore on that month and that omission was my proof. of course the lady in the office says no it must be a money order receipt to which i retort this paper says any proof i can provide so here it is. the lady refused to make a copy of it for their records.
    yesterday i get a new note; dear resident we are doing routine record back ups and need you to provide proof of rent for the past 8 months plus they want copies of the cashed money order and the name of payee endorsee of each or they will find me in violation. they have given me 48 hours to provide all this!


  40. April 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm, Linda said:

    How can one apartmetn have so much power to lie and ruin your credit? My daughter lived in an apartment with her boyfriend. They were on the outs and he had her taken off the lease so he would be completely responsible so she could move out. The apartmetns told her several times she was no longer responsibnle for any rent. She moved in with family to save up some money. Now when she has found another apartment to move into she finds out the original apartment has sent her to collections for the entire lease. Over $10,000. Her boyfriend moved out and left state after receiveing an eviction notice that did not have her name anywhere on it. What a mess?


  41. April 27, 2009 at 11:07 am, sean said:

    on April 1st we have to give our landlord a 2 months noticed for vacancy. But we made a mistake by writting 5/1 instead of 6/1. They didn’t notice us about the mistake and go on to list out our apt.
    I do recognize its our mistake. If we have to move out on 5/1, do we have to pay the rent for the rest of mai even thu we CANT live there anymore and they have the right to rent it out?



  42. May 10, 2009 at 10:41 pm, guest said:

    i have a landlord who constantly enters my apartment without anyone or myself present. She gives same day notices, and on top of that we are in the process of moving out while she’s viewing my apartment to the public, with all items and things in it. We paid for this month. is she allowed to do this?


  43. June 20, 2009 at 3:01 am, Cindy said:

    24 hr notice required to enter apt unless its for an emergency


  44. June 25, 2009 at 11:50 am, Cindy said:

    the new owners may require a new lease. Just make sure you have your security deposit receipt as sometimes the sec dep is missed on transfer of property or you will paq


  45. July 21, 2009 at 11:07 am, Elisa Harris said:

    can a apartment collect a debt after 8 months later?

    The apartment owner said that I owe them $250 for a water bill, and for breaking the lease early which I did for the second year lease and I gave them the money to break the lease and which me and the apartment manager both sign and i did recieve a special deal which was given to me the first year only, I then stayed there for another year which i was paying the actual going rent. When I had signed the intent to vacate they manager stated that I owe the money to break the lease and that was the only money I owed them to move out. After the two months I was gone they then return my deposit fee.


  46. September 08, 2009 at 8:00 pm, WADE said:

    We thought our lease was up on aug 31st, but it was up on july 31st… we had already moved out far prior to our lease expiring but kept some things in the apt, some of them were stolen,probably after the lease ran out, was the landlord responsible for notifying us when he found that there were items left in the apartment? is he in any way responsible?



  47. March 11, 2010 at 1:31 am, fred said:

    we do not have a key to the aopt. we are renting out- because when we bought the place we did not recieve a key- now the renters are moving and we need to show the apt. to potential renters.
    the problem is the renters who are moving out will not give us a copy of the key to allow us in the show the property. Can we withhold damage deposit to make up for th fact we canot get inot the apt.?


  48. August 16, 2010 at 2:06 am, Debby said:

    I am totally disabled and was promised a handicap parking space when I moved in. I filled out all the paperwork including a letter from my doctor, the judges dicision and my comments. the salesperson about a week in the appartment told me that “corporate would not allow it. there are 520 apartments and I am getting really tired and ill hiking to my appartment. Help!!! What can I do?


  49. January 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm, Cheryl said:

    My husband and I use to work for an apartment complex and also we have lived there. One tenant has been harassing us since June of this month. We have complained to the manager, taken the tenant to court, avoided her and at one time was being nice to her but nothing was ever done with her. The manager has become friends with her so of course she wouldn’t write her up for all the things she has done to us. Now, we have been forced to move out because she has tried to get us both arrested a few times. We couldn’t walk out of our apartment without her saying or accusing us of doing something. We could not live like that so we went out and found another place but it is hours away from where we were. Since the owner and manager did not take care of this problem from the start, and we are forced to move because of the stress all this was causing, can the owner and/or manager pay for part of our moving expenses?


  50. July 08, 2011 at 5:47 pm, Ceecee said:

    My husband and I are being evicted for non payment of rent but we proved that rent was paid up until 5/31/2011 our landlord sent us a 14 day notice to quit 05/07/2011 because we reported him to ISD on 05/02/2011 30 days after the inspection we still have violations a non working stove, no screens on windows and screen door missing, holes in wall, floor and walls with gaps (none of our doing) and so forth. We have a voucher with the housing authority that has continued paying their share of rent because the landlord did not inform him of his actions. We notified them about the situation. The Judge does not want to rule on the retaliation because the landlord is being prosecuted by ISD My question is once he started the eviction does that make us tenants at will and if he accepts payment in any form does that make the eviction null and void. We have been trying to work with the landlord since March of 2011 and we continued to pay rent until June 2011


  51. September 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm, Trisha said:

    How far back do apartment complexes keep leases.


  52. November 08, 2011 at 8:09 am, Anonymous said:

    Help! I paid my rent payment on time for Novembers rent. I wrote 2 checks, one for the garage and one for the apartment. The check cleared for the garage payment not only once but twice! They took 2 payments from me. I called the bank and they refunded and fixed that. Then the next day the rent check cleared out. Then i noticed i was charged by the bank a non sufficient funds fee. I called the bank and asked them about it. They told me that the same check that I wrote out to pay the rent was trying to be taken out of my account AGAIN. They gave me the money back for the NSF that the bank charged me. Now my apartment complex is giving us a hard time saying we didnt pay the rent (because they are saying the check didnt go through). I even got proof from the bank that the money for the rent was cleared and taken out of my account. I’m still getting notices posted at my door saying that we owe them money and we will get evicted if this isnt settled. I’m going to try and settle this today with them. But i don’t know what else to do if I cant get them to understand that my rent is payed


  53. March 13, 2012 at 6:31 am, jannafay said:

    my landlady is welling to rent me an apartment but i am a senor citzen with no income at thi time and homeless. but having trouble filing for asstants. anyone in cherokee county okla know what or where we can go to get help


  54. June 06, 2012 at 8:56 am, Chibi Okasan said:

    I’m in a rough spot. I’ve been living in my place for 2 years. It’s over run by roaches. They appeared when we moved in….but we can’t prove it. We tried to do things ourselves because the exterminator was out of our budget. That didn’t do any good…we are now INFESTED not only that but my son is getting too old to share a room with his baby sister and we found a NICE 3 bedroom but we have been told, “The roaches are YOUR fault and you can’t leave till they’re gone.”
    So now we’re stuck in a tiny home infested with roaches…it’s been 4 months since we began paying an exterminator to come here finally and that isn’t working. He’s bombed our house twice with no luck. I’m at a loss. We can’t live here forever!


  55. June 08, 2012 at 12:03 pm, jen said:

    I’m 9 months pregnant my landlord just gave me an eviction notice forcing me to move two weeks before my due date. She just moved into a nursing home and decide to sell her house. Both mine and my boyfriends name are spelled wrong on the eviction notice. I know that makes the notice invade but i was still planning on moving by the end of the month. I was wondering if I had legally had to pay my last months rent since when we moved in we never signed a lease agreement.


  56. October 10, 2012 at 8:14 am, Aud said:

    I paid my full rent on Oct. 2nd the due date. My lease states that I have 16 days after the date on my water bill, water is paid to complex, to pay my water bill. My water bill was dated Sept. 23rd so the acutual due date is Oct. 9. Anyways paid rent on the 2nd and yesterday, Oct 9 when I went to drop off my water bill the office said now I owe late fees! They said they took the money out of my rent to pay my water bill so now my rent is late and I owe $150 in late fees. Can they do that???


  57. January 02, 2013 at 3:15 pm, Brit said:

    I have been living in my complex for about 8 mos now. My lease ends in a couple of days so I had a discounted rate for december and a prorated amount for January. My discounted rate was 418 which I paid on the 2nd of Dec. via electronic pay through the complexes website. On the 13th I received a VM from my property manager stating that my rent check was returned and that I had occured $300 in late charges. So I gave them a call back because of course I was concerned. I spoke with one of the assistants who stated that they received notice on the 10TH that the check was returned (but no one informed me until the 13th). She stated that she didnt handle the finances the assistant manager did I spoke with the assistant manager who straight lied and said that she didnt receive notice until that morning! Long story short my bank placed a unnecessary hold on my account causing the rent to be returned the bank, after the issue was addressed my bank took full responsiblity and refunded the NSF fees for both my account and the apartments bank account in full and also wrote a letter stating that the account had the required funds to cover the transaction. The apartment manager refused to honor the letter and required that I pay $1130 ($418 for the original rent amount, $326 concession fee, $310 late charges and a $75 NSF fee) or face an eviction!!! Clearly this was not my fault I had no control over the banks actions should I have to pay all these charges due to a bank error??


  58. March 08, 2013 at 3:56 pm, samantha said:

    In july of 2012 myself and a friend of mine moved in together. I moved out of my apartment to move in with her in an apartment in the same apartment complex where she lived. She decided since I was moving there that she would allow for her deposit on the apartment that she lived which was $380.00 for rent plus deposit, her deposit that she would get back after moving out, she allowed the landlord to place that on the apartment we shared together which was $475.00 for rent plus deposit. The landlord told her that she could be she need to pay an additional $100.00 to meet the demands of the rent and deposit this other apartment, and that whatever was left from that amount they will refund her the difference. But in August of 2012 she moved out of the apartment we shared together, and wanted me to pay her for that deposit even she did not abide by the tenant lease that she signed to pay rent and did not. Do I still owe her the deposit that she let rollover from the place lived in before ? And wouldn’t she have lost that chance of getting a deposit back because she allowed the landlord to transfer that over?


    • October 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm, Ryan said:

      > it depends. The laws governing landlord-tennant policies are generally provided by the state you live in. There are federal laws to abide by too. I suggest talking it over with a legal aide attorney of your state if you qualify.


  59. August 29, 2013 at 8:34 am, f said:

    I moved into an apartment with a person that leased a two bedroom with a relative, who moved out. I am on a month-to-month verbal agreement. I was never given a lease to sign. Before I handed over the deposit we verbally agreed that my boyfriend, who works two jobs and attend school part-time; can spend two nights out of the week over and that cable will be in my room. When I moved in there was no cable in my room but I did not complain because I work two jobs and go to school full-time so I am barely home. Per our verbal agreement my boyfriend stayed over two nights out of the week. She had an issue with it, so my boyfriend began staying overnight one day a week. Last week she sent me a text message stating that my boyfriend is always over and that she would call the cops on him if he comes back to the apartment. I told her that per our verbal agreement prior to me moving in he is allowed to be in the apartment. He came over on Monday and she contacted the police as soon as he entered the apartment. My boyfriend agreed to stay out of the apartment from now on. I paid her rent in full as usual and the day after I paid rent she gave me a thirty day to vacate letter with my first name spelled incorrect. What are my legal options? I pay rent a week before the due date. I keep the space clean. I am barely home due to work and school obligations. I tried contacting a tenant advocate with no success. Who do I contact? I live in Washington, DC. I am renting a room out of an apartment, she is not the owner of the apartment building. She is a tenant of the apartment complex herself.


  60. September 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm, Rose Pietrefesa said:

    My new landlord wont let me take all the rocks i put down in the yard that i bult, plus the tempary fence i put up. I have a mold problem as well. I moved in in September of 2014. I complained about the ac in " the wall" not in a window. And they keep putting the house up for sale. This is the third land lord i have had in 24 months_ ( all foreigners). He has threatend me that if i take one rock, he will call the cops. Plwase help.


  61. October 01, 2016 at 5:06 pm, Roger said:

    Our 8 tenant apartment complex had a gas leak which TND city turned off and the landlord did the next day hire a plumbing company to replace the entire gas lines of the structure and each apartment. We have now been with hot water to bath or gas stove cooking ability almost 10 days. Ideas california landlord and tenant law require a time frame or require landlord to provide alternative dwelling to tenants for ghese lengthy repairs or allow rent deduction?


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