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A property from which the owner receives payment from the occupant(s), known as tenants, in return for occupying or using the property.

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Landlord wants to switch my lease to a "Land contract" to "get back at the city"

I've been living at this place for about two months and my lease looks pretty typical. Nothing unusual. I've had no problems so far. Today my landlord called me and explained something about the city ...
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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls

The town where we own a rental property had a meeting for landlords (by which I mean owners of rental property) recently. Those who attended reported learning that there are some new laws regarding ...
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Can I enter a rental property without giving notice if I'm afraid a tenant may be hurt?

I rent a “Mother-In-Laws quarters” (guest area) that is on the side of my house. It has a private entrance. If I'm concerned something has happened to the tenant, am I legally allowed to enter the ...
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Landlord gives 4 months notice to the rental agency which fails to give notice to the tenants

I am renting and I have been given a 1 month and half notice from my rental agency. In UK at the moment the minimum notice is 4 months. The landlord actually says that he gave the agency full 4 ...
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Can a landlord fine me for a non-existent business being listed at my address on Google Maps

Backstory: When I moved into my rented house, I setup a personal bar and had a house warming party where we named the bar. As part of the celebration, it was listed on Google Maps as a business. To ...
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What does it mean if your apartment is in two cities at once

I discovered that the border between two cities runs through an apartment that I am renting. There are two official parcels, one in one city (City A) and one in another (City B), they are both in the ...
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I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

Recently, a friend of mine signed a two year rental agreement with a small mom and pop rental place. At the time of signing, they offered credit cards as a way of paying, but a credit card is not ...
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Can a landowner charge a dead person for renting property in the U.S.?

Can a landowner charge a dead person for renting property in the U.S.? Let's say my grandma died 4 months ago and the landowner only discovered that she was dead just now, can the landowner charge my ...
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Can I be liable for vandalism if I have posted a political sign on the property?

I have posted a political sign on the front lawn of a house I am renting. The landlord has told me that if I don’t remove this sign, I will be liable for any vandalism occurring to the house, as he ...
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Who owns the washing machine?

This scenario is based on a real life event but is a purely hypothetical question (because this isn't remotely worth going to court or even arguing over). The situation seems surprisingly complicated,...
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Can I legally refuse entry to a landlord?

I am subletting an apartment from a friend who is technically my landlord. I refused him entry late at night after we had a row about a longstanding problem with one of the facilities in the apartment ...
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Can a landlord sell their rental income from a tenant to a third party?

I am thinking about a new business venture, my idea is to create a professional vetting service which helps landlord vet their potential tenants, if a tenant passes the vetting process, I will offer ...
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Firearm provision in lease agreement

I'm a university student and I shoot skeet on the weekends. Currently getting ready to sign an apartment lease for next year and I noticed this clause. Section C is the part I am confused about, as it ...
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Can a real estate agent refuse to show a rental property (apartment) in NYC if I don't provide my eligibility information?

I'll email the Nooklyn real estate agents in the New York City area with a question about the property (e.g. floor level, elevator availability, cost of parking, etc.), and they almost always respond ...
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Is law enforcement responsible for damages made by a search warrant?

Why do police use a battering ram without first checking the doorknob on a low threat warrant? What if a small child was on the other side of the door and got seriously injured by the battering ram? ...
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Can a landlord ask me to see my luggage when moving in?

I am moving into a new home where landlord is living close by. I paid the rent and when I was about to move in, I came to get the key and the landlord told me that I cannot get it because I did not ...
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In Pennsylvania is there more legal protection in forming a LLC as opposed to operating as sole proprietor?

In theory an LLC (Limited Liability Company) offers a level of protection for the owner if being sued. I want to buy houses and rent them out, I have some fear of being sued by tenants in the ...
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Notice period for rental contract for a shared flat

In Germany, assume that Allice has a flat (either rented or owned, I think this does not matter) and lives in it herself. She decides to rent one room to Bob with an indefinite contract. My research ...
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What is the proper way of handling non-USPS packages for long-gone tenants?

I moved into a rental home around 2 years ago immediately on the heels of a previous tenant. I experienced the usual "mail overlap" period of a few weeks, during which I was happy to pass letters &...
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Leased apartment changed management. Is requiring in-person payment unreasonable?

I live in a college town in California with a leased apartment. On June 26th, a noticed (in paper) was posted on our doors that the apartment complexes have been sold, effective immediately. Part of ...
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How do I properly evict a tenant in NY given these conditions?

I offered a tenant a place to live, gave her the first month free, and started the lease the 2nd month. In the lease she agreed to switch the utilities into her name. She never paid rent and never ...
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If a tenant moves in without a signed lease, must the landlord go through the eviction process to remove them?

I know some landlords don't require tenants to sign anything (no lease). So what is the minimum necessary for a tenant not to be charged with breaking and entering (or unlawfully living in the home) ...
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Can a renter retake posession? [closed]

In Texas, a renter rents a house with a one year lease term. Renter is not late on rent and is currently paying rent on time. Renter lived in the house for 7 months and moves out, but continues to ...
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my landlord won't let me in on the day my tenancy begins, is this legal?

My tenancy begins on July 1st, however as this is a Sunday my letting agent will not give me the keys on this day. I really need to move my stuff in on July 1st, can I claim that not allowing me to ...
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Clause in contract - is there a law protecting me from a landlord abusing it?

Context So, I'm going through the process of creating a shorthold tenancy with a private landlord in the UK. We've done our references and now are down to signing the contract. Everything in the ...
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60 days tenant notice in Ontario

I've rented an apartment for 1 year, now I already lived here for 11 month and I have one more month left. I called my landlord yesterday to give a 60 days notice and said that I will be moving out ...
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Drinking water is contaminated; what can a tenant do?

I'm renting an apartment in a rural part of California where I've lived for about three years, on a month-to-month rental agreement. The landlord is responsible for providing / paying for the water, ...
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Secretly recorded audio to meeting with landlord and now starting a dispute against him. Can I submit it as evidence?

My ex-landlord preferred to communicate by in person meetings. I began covertly recording our meetings with the microphone on my phone. Only the audio was recorded, not the video. My ex-landlord was ...
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Letting agent lying (UK)

We visited a property to rent, we made an offer which was accepted, paid deposit + admin fees, received the tenancy agreement with a special clause which says that we can't use the balcony!!! (they ...
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Difference between subletting, assigning and subleasing?

When a person signs something agreeing to rent a space for a given amount of time, what's the difference between the person subletting, assigning and subleasing the space? One particular thing I'm ...
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Can a rental car company require you to forfeit your right to fight a fine?

While driving a rental car recently (rented and driven in Florida), I rubbed a traffic camera the wrong way and received a fine. I was only told about the fine in a letter weeks after returning the ...
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Legal Liabilities as a Landlord if Tenants have committed assault?

As a landlord, are there liabilities if one of your tenants in one of your owned properties assault, sexually or not, a fellow tenant living in the same property? What about if there is assault by a ...
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Waiving my right to not be evicted in a San Francisco lease

I am seeking for a new place in San Francisco. After chatting with a home owner who liked me as a potential tenant, we disagreed on the price, and his reasoning is that since this is a unit under the ...
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Can a landlord ask a tenant to sign an addendum to the lease that changes the terms of the first lease?

If a landlord asks a tenant who signed a 12 month lease to sign an addendum after they have already moved in that changes the terms of the lease to move out within 3 months of the landlord's death, ...
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Landlord responsibilities on tenant-built structures?

In the US, nearly every state has some form of an implied warranty of habitability created between landlords and their tenants. For example, jurisdictions may require landlords to provide heating, ...
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Tennants have not been informed that the house has been sold

I rent a house that the landlord is trying to sell, and the landlord said I have 3 months to leave from when he has found a buyer. The estate agents have found a buyer, but they have not yet informed ...
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Can a tenant force their building management to let the tenant access their apartment's electricity meter?

I rent an apartment in a building with several units. All electricity meters are behind a locked door. My electricity provider asks me to provide readings from my meter every three months, and I used ...
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Damage to rental property after abandonment/final checkout with landlord

We recently moved from one rental to another. Due to finding our new place rapidly, we submitted our 30 days notice on July 15 which was also our starting day at the new place. We had nearly moved ...
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What would happen if a tenant's eviction notice got lost in the post, or the tenant claims to not have received it?

I was served 2 months notice to move out of a rental house recently by letter as the landlord wanted their house back. However, a few weeks later and having had no subsequent contact from the estate ...
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UK Housing Law - Section 21 Housing Act 1988 - The Tenants Rights

As we know, section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 outlines what steps a Landlord can take in order to regain possession of his property. My question is in relation of the rights of the tenant being asked ...
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Is it legal for a landlord to refuse a lease because an Occupant on the application is an undocumented immigrant?

(For clarity: Applicant - the adult financially responsible for the lease. Occupant - anyone over the age of 18 that will be residing with the Applicant but is not financially responsible for the ...
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My landlord decided that my rent is due earlier than we had agreed

I'm renting a room in a house in Minnesota, USA. Upon telling my landlord that I was looking for a different place to rent because of her dogs constantly barking at me (and even biting me), she ...
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Should I fight City Trash Citation for tenants trash

I own a quadplex in Cincinnati. Only 2 of the 4 units were occupied, but a tenant moved out on Monday, so I'm down to 1. The one that just moved out put all their trash by the road, not in a bin. My ...
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What options do I have for recovering unpaid utility bills from a roommate?

I rented out a room in my apartment to a roommate for four months. While rent was paid in full (as it was due at the beginning of the month) my former roommate owes their share of one month worth of ...
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Must you change state of residence if you rent an apartment in another state?

Suppose I live in NJ with my parents (License + Car is tied to my parents' NJ address), and I decide to rent an apartment from someone in PA for a job. Hypothetically speaking, since no one is ...
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Can a landlord refuse my request for rental because of my fluency in the local language

Summary I live in Czech Republic and during my search for a new flat, a landlord refused to rent me the flat because I am not fluent enough in the local language. Is this a legitimate reason for ...
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My unit was broken into after uhaul put a non payment lock on it, so isn't it now their responsibility?

I'm in Arizona and like my question says they put a non payment lock on my unit (payroll messed up at my job) and I said I had my own insurance so I didn't take theirs, but I never brought them my ...
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Plumbing repairs delayed, done, then undone in UK rental flat

Short version We wasted two days waiting for plumber who didn't come until the third day. When he came, he did the job, but then came back and un-did it the day after (claiming the landlord hadn't ...
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Does a landlord have to tell you the reason for entering your apartment?

Today a "representative of the investors" in my apartment complex entered my apartment for an inspection. As the inspector was leaving he said to me that I passed the inspection, but just barely. I ...
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Bed Bug Liability/Responsibility: Landlord or Tenant?

Situation: I'm currently paying someone monthly rent to live in one of the rooms of their house. There is no signed contract or any records of this exchange. Recently, the room I am in appears to ...

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