KNOWING TENANTS' RIGHTS
As a tenant there are certain rights that you have. You have the right to rent a house. You have the right not to be evicted for any real reason and you have the right to choose whatever furniture you want for your home.
However, there are some things that may not be allowed through your lease agreement. For example, not all tenants have the right to paint the walls, to have parties and to have a pet living with them. Don't get confused between tenant's rights and lease agreements. Know your tenants' rights before you sign a lease agreement.
There are several things that you need to understand when it comes to tenants' rights. In most instances, when you rent an apartment you will need to sign a lease. This is an agreement between you and your landlord that protects the both of you. It addresses things like how much you pay for rent and can protect your landlord from throwing you out at the end of the month just because or charging you more in the next month. The lease agreement is usually in place for six to twelve months which means this is how long you need to pay the rent and live in the rental home.
Tenants Rights and Leases
You have the right to read over the lease agreement and see what rules the landlord sets out before you sign anything. In fact, you can take your copy home and have a family member look over it for you as well. If you see anything that seems a little odd you can have a real estate lawyer look it over for you and make suggestions. You can also discuss changing a few things in the agreement with your landlord before you sign it.
As long as you remain a good tenant and that you are obeying everything on the lease, then you have the right to remain there until the lease is up. Just because your landlord wants to now rent out the house to a friend doesn't mean he can kick you out and rent the house to his friend instead. You have the right to remain in the house until the end of the lease where you and your landlord will need to renegotiate the terms and decide whether you stay or go.
You also have the right to live in accommodation that is free of mold and damage. If there is a problem with the structure of the building, then this is something that your landlord is responsible for. For example, if there is a break in and the window is damaged, your landlord will need to have someone come and fix it, and hopefully within the next day or two. If the plumbing fails and the carpet is soaked, then the landlord will need to contact someone to come in, replace the carpet and remove the wetness and dampness before mold forms.
If you do face a problem like this then you will need to inform your landlord about it right away. Most landlords are going to act fast. After all, even though you are living there, they are still the owners and thus the damage affects them more in the long run than it does you.
Knowing tenants' rights comes with practice. If you are new to the renters world then you may not know if you are being taken advantage of or not. Always ask others in the same situation as you and if you are ever in doubt, don't hesitate to contact a real estate lawyer to discuss the situation.