About Landlords, Tenants And Laws Protecting Both
The landlord-tenant relationship is explained in the lease agreement that protects both of their rights. A typical lease agreement includes: names of the landlords and tenants, address of the rental property, rent payment and date when rent is due, amount of the deposit, and if pets are allowed.
Rick Law advises and represents both tenants and landlords in disputes. We can help draft and review lease contracts and analyze problematic situations in light of laws on the books, such as the following.
Tenants’ rights: The Fair Housing Act (FHA) helps to protect tenants from any civil rights violations that can include discrimination based on gender, race, origin or age. If you have a service animal, a landlord is not allowed to refuse to rent to you just because of the “no pets” policy. Tenants are also entitled to other rights such as a quiet living space, livable conditions, a certain level of privacy and a home free of lead poisoning.
Landlords’ rights: Just as tenants do, landlords have certain rights as well; mainly to protect their income investment. Landlords have the right to evict tenants; however, an eviction must be for a clear reason. If a tenant is behind on rent, that tenant should be notified and given the opportunity to pay. Landlords are expected to give eviction notices within a reasonable amount of time.
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