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What are your rights as a tenant?

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2020 | Residential Real Estate

If there is one thing you should know about leases is that they are a bilateral agreement, meaning that the landlord is going to give you possession of his property. In return, you must meet certain contractual obligations. But it doesn’t stop there. 

According to USNews,  lease contracts are also mutually dependent, meaning that the landlord has to meet certain obligations as well as the tenant. If either party fails to meet any of those obligations, then the contract may be terminated. So if you are going through a nasty rental situation, it would be wise to dig up the lease and go through it with a fine-tooth comb. If you signed a normal rental contract, everything is going to be laid out in that contract and nothing will stop a bad rental situation. 

Maybe your landlord gave you his own contract or you did not use the standard rental agreement contract. It may be useful to know that under the Residential Rental Agreement Act, there are certain obligations, regardless of the contract, that must be met by both parties. So under this act, if you were a tenant, you must maintain the dwelling. This includes, but is not limited to, keeping the unit clean, safe, disposing of garbage, keeping plumbing fixtures, and complying with building codes. If you break anything as a tenant while you are renting a property, it is your responsibility to fix it. 

Also, you cannot withhold rent for any reason at all. If the HVAC system went out, you paid for it out of your pocket, and you thought it was fair to maybe withhold rent from your landlord, which is illegal. That may get you evicted.