A tenant is a person who has the right to use and occupy rental property in accordance with a rental agreement or lease. The tenant is also referred to as the ‘lessee’ of rental property. The tenant may use and occupy the rental property as long as s/he complies with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement, including, but not limited to, the payment of rent.→ Read More
General Landlord and Tenant Questions
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A landlord is the owner of piece of real property (also called ‘rental property’), who leases it to another person. The landlord is also referred to as the ‘lessor’ of rental property. The landlord lets a tenant use and occupy his/her rental property in exchange for the monthly payment of rent. While the specific landlord/tenant laws vary by state, in every case there are legal protections in place defining landlord rights and tenants rights.→ Read More
Tenants who are renting a property from a landlord have certain rights as to how they must be treated and certain responsibilities as to how they must maintain and pay for the property in order to avoid eviction proceedings.→ Read More
With the owner’s permission, I’ve lived in a trailer on his ranch property for over 25 years. Do I now own the land on which the trailer sits? What’s the law on squatter’s rights?
It depends. You might be able to acquire the land through what’s known as adverse possession if you meet several statutory requirements in your state. You may also try possession under a claim of right if there is reason to believe that you have a right to be there and claim the land’ perhaps because you were watching over the property for the owner, who said that if you look out for the rest of the land, whatever land you are occupying will be yours. However, you should contact an attorney in your state who can explain what your state’s rules are and how they apply to your exact situation.→ Read More
In a situation where your landlord stops paying their mortgage, you as a tenant are still required to pay rent to the landlord until the landlord is no longer the legal owner of the property.→ Read More
Your lease agreement or the landlord-tenant laws in your state will set forth whether you have to pay the final month’s rent in advance and what your rights are when living next door to a noisy neighbor. Generally, if you consent to a rental agreement that requires advance payment, you are required to pay it in advance. Similarly, your contract will usually outline procedures to resolving disputes with noisy neighbors.→ Read More
A subtenant is a person who has the right to use and occupy rental property leased by a tenant from a landlord. A subtenant has responsibilities to both the landlord and the tenant. A tenant can sublet rental property to a subtenant, but often must obtain the prior consent of the landlord. The tenant still remains responsible for the payment of rent to the landlord and any damages to the property caused by the subtenant.→ Read More
Landlords are liable for dangerous conditions on the property they own if they knew or should have known about the danger→ Read More
We signed a year’s lease on a rental unit for our college-bound son, with the understanding that his roommates would pay their share of the rent. One roommate left without paying his third of the rent. The landlord has filed eviction papers and we are expected to pay the unpaid rent. How can we get out of this lease?
Read the lease and see if there is a provision for terminating the lease on 30 days notice and paying extra months’ rent or some other amount of money to break the lease early.→ Read More
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