Questions tagged [rental-property]

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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Is a fully executed lease with a serious error legally binding?

I have a fully executed apartment lease, signed by myself and the property manager, that unambiguously states that the monthly rent is $0. This is an obvious error. Am I legally obligated to pay rent?...
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Rental heater improperly installed. Now I'm expected to repair. What are my options?

I've moved a rental in the spring. In the rental contract I am responsible for regular maintenance as the oil heater needs yearly servicing. As the weather is cooling off I scheduled servicing. The ...
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Is a notice of intent to vacate legally binding in California?

I am in the process of moving to a new apartment. I paid the security deposit, and signed the lease. About one week before the agreed move in date, the landlord informed me that the previous tenant, ...
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Agent breaking the lease

So I have had a short term lease (Dec-August) that costs me $X 2 months ago, I was offered, and accepted (signed a new lease), to renew the lease for a full year for the same price. However I was ...
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how to prove perjury?

How is perjury proved in a rental arbitration hearing? The testimony is sworn. Of course, people make mistakes, mis-speak etc. But if verbal sworn evidence is self-contradicting does rise to the ...
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Refusal to terminate tenancy with months notice

I am renting property in UK and today tried to give my months notice, however letting agency refused to accept it claiming that they can only accept it on 25th - day when agreement started, and that ...
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Is it legal to rent exclusively to members of a religious college?

According to the Civil Rights act, one is not allowed to discriminate based on religion when it comes to housing. What about one who wants to rent only to members of a certain religious institution (...
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What does payable in advance mean?

I was just reading this sublease agreenment and find it very strange that it doesn't have a section clearling indicating when the payment is due. https://www.ilrg.com/forms/sublease/us/pa The ...
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Is it okay for letting agency to deny me viewing for not telling them my employer name and how long I had been in a profession?

Is it okay for a letting agency to ask me these questions ? What is the name of company I work for ? The property I am renting at the present is through agency or a landlord? How long I have been ...
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Can I rent a unit out that has already been paid for by a past tenant? [closed]

This situation is occurring in Utah, USA. I rented a unit to a young couple in the middle of January this year on a month-to-month contract. They paid a full month rent and the prorating was going to ...
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Can landlord backbill 4.5 years worth of utilities that were never billed to us bimonthly as directed in the lease? (RSO rental)

My landlord has back-billed me for 4.5 years of water utilities and are saying I owe them money. The lease does state that the tenant pays for water (split as a percentage with the adjacent duplex ...
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illegal Towing in apartment complexes

If an apartment complex has a contract with a towing company to tow illegally parked cars does a manager have to be there when the car is the sign for each card is being towed at the time of being ...
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Is AirBnb synonymous with Subletting

I am living in London, UK. I am considering co-renting a 2 bedroom flat with a close friend of mine. We have a large living room in the flat which we are considering renting out on AirBnb (this could ...
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Does home rental agreement last after death of owner

This is in Texas A homeowner leases a home to a renter for a one year term. The lease agreement is written by the homeowner and is plainly worded and not done by a lawyer. There are no mentions ...
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Proper way to turn down a tenant

When screening potential tenants, what is the proper way to turn them down, and the legal implications if the tenant asks for more details? I would like my response to say as little as possible and ...
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Why are residential leases so much in favor of the landlord in the US?

I've been reading example leases and was surprised to see how much power the landlord has in the US, at least compared to Canada. For example, at least in BC, landlords must allow tenants to sublet or ...
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No outside signs in rental contract

In the U.S., is it legal to prohibit your tenants from posting outside signs in the rental agreement? E.g. election signs, flags etc. Or would that be a violation of their right if they are renting ...
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Right Timing for Legal Action Against Neighbor Construction Negligence

We own a multi-family rental row-home property in a US city. An abutting row-home was being gutted and renovated. In the process, our upper back deck and roof were used without our permission to work ...
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Does suspicion of smoking (lease violation) constitute an “emergency” or otherwise allow a landlord to enter without notice?

Assume that tobacco smoking indoors is legal, but there is also a (legal) lease provision that smoking in the unit is against the lease and grounds for eviction. Can a landlord legally enter the ...
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What can I do if the tenant has vacated the apartment but didn't pay last month bill for electricity?

I have an apartment which I gave to 3 students on rent. This month they vacated the apartment without paying the last month electricity bill. I have no written agreement but did police verification. ...
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Can Landlord Make Changes To Apartment Fee Policy In A Memo?

I'm running into some difficulty with the new property manager for my apartment complex in Washington state. I broke one of the rules that weren't ever enforced in the past five years I lived here. I ...
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Is my landlord required to bring an ungrounded house electrical service up to code?

We recently started renting an older house. We were installing a dryer when we noticed we were getting electric shocks when we touched the back of the dryer while it was plugged in. After some ...
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Is my wife required to attend a deposition?

My wife worked as a property manager for a private owner of an apartment building about 3 years ago. Her former employer has since sold the company, and the new owners are now being sued by a former ...
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Putting Last Month's Rent in Escrow and Security Deposit

I want to put my last month's rent in escrow until my landlord and I come to an agreement on how much of my security deposit will be returned. There's only normal wear and tear but in the past I've ...
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UK - Can my (hostile) landlord's (hostile) agents enter my flat to conduct viewings without my explicit permission?

A little background I'm a student renting (short hold) a studio apartment from a private landlord through an estate agent. The term of the contract ends in September of this year. I've had multiple ...
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I couldn't move in right away, can I claim my deposit back?

I have got an issue in a tenancy agreement in the UK. On Jan 8th I visited an apartment. The agent told me the tenant's notice runs till Jan 31 but he said he would leave earlier. I have accepted to ...
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Are there any Utah, USA laws about landlords providing fire extinguishers or other fire suppression?

I recently had a problem with a faulty light switch that had me worried about my townhome having an electrical fire. When I contacted the housing manager about it, he fixed the faulty switch, but told ...
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In notice to end tennancy, must you specify the EXACT date of moving out?

When giving notice to end tenancy, must the exact date be given? For example if all of November has been paid for and the notice says you'll move on the 30st, and you end up moving on the 20th, is ...
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Can water bills be shared in independent flats of a building (UK)

I have signed an assured short-hold tenancy agreement for a year in a London flat. The building has a main entrance and then 4 different flats. My main question is whether it is normal that the ...
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Will my landlord fix a leaky faucet?

I just got a lease to sign, but I am confused by some of the language. My question in short is: what does "public mains up to the point of entry" mean? More information: It reads: ... Landlord ...
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UK - Cooling off period after signing rental contract

I'm in process to sign a contract for a flat. The conditions written are the following: one year with no break clause. Before signing I'm trying to find out the following information. Is there in ...
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How to prove unreasonable interference with use and enjoyment of property?

I am not looking for legal advice here, this is for educational purposes. If I had to prove unreasonable interference with use and enjoyment of property in a situation where someone in my rental ...
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How do you interpret: option to break after 12 months with at least 2 months’ notice

"option to break after 12 months with at least 2 months’ notice" In my opinion, the sentence above can be interpreted as follows: 1) the agreement can be broken at least 12 months after inception ...
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Can a lease contract be voided due to incongruency?

I've recently rented a flat in Malta and signed a rental agreement which states, prior to the terms, I am the landlord and he (the landlord) is the tenant. By the last page at the bottom, he signed as ...
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Is name and shame legal on Facebook?

On Facebook, there are various landlords communities. I have seen landlords post messages such as: Do not rent your property to this person, first name, last name, how this person looks like and etc. ...
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What is the correct length of time in which a landlord must provide rent increase notices in the UK?

The following GOV UK page states that tenants must be notified of rent increases at least 6 months prior to the increase. What I'm failing to understand from this is if that includes the tenancy ...
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Renting in Michigan former tenant and rental agreement

I bought a house in Saint Clair Shores. Closing took place 10/1/2018. I’m friends with the previous owner, who had a tenant. We agreed that she could continue to rent for a couple months. I drafted a ...
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Should I have been told my rental property has previously been broken into? (UK)

I live in the United Kingdom. I've noticed that the door to my flat has been repaired badly and underneath you can see that the door was kicked down in the past. The letting agency did not mention ...
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Maryland Landlord Lease Being Void

I am in a rental through a realtor in the state of MD (Wicomico county). My step dad just won a court case against this property management group because there is a section in the lease agreement that ...
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Rent-a-Room scheme in house with self-contained part

My house has three floors, with part of the ground floor forming a self-contained part with kitchen/diner, shower room/toilet and a bedroom. I am considering living on the upper two floors while I do ...
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Is it possible for a tenant to sue a land lord for harm caused by mold

Take a case where the mould is caused by an identifiable maintenance issue such as a leaky pipe . The tenant does everything they can to minimise the harm done by the mould. But health issues are ...
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How to prove noise cause Constructive Eviction

I live in a building which was constructed in the 1930's in Lansing, MI. I live in the back half of the building on the ground floor. My bedroom wall neighbors a tattoo shop and there is another ...
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Is apartment co-signer responsible upon death of tenant?

If someone co-signs for an individual to get into an apartment, and does not live with the person in the apartment. Then, years later after the person in the apartment has renewed the lease at least 5 ...
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When is a subtenant entitled to have their security deposit returned?

Halfway through last year, I subleased my apartment unit and moved to a new location. I received a security deposit equal to the monthly rate paid by my subtenant. My rental company has informed me ...
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Termite Infestation - What are my rights?

Back story Moved into an apartment in Santa Monica, California, signed lease, buy new mattress and place it on floor. Buy new bed frame a week later and lift mattress to find termites burrowing into ...
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Rental Agent claiming an admin fee from 2 years ago

(Context Details: UK, renting in London. Agent is Foxtons.) I've just left a rental property after 3 years there. The landlord has authorised the full return of the deposit, but the rental agency has ...
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Are tenants responsible for ensuring their guests follow the terms?

Are tenants responsible for their guests violating terms in the lease? For example if a lease says "no smoking in the building" and an invited guest smokes, could the tenant be held responsible? What ...
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Can I sublet my apartment for the full lease amount and then live there effectively for free?

If I'm leasing a 2 bedroom apartment, can I sublet for the full amount of the lease, then live in the other room for free? Can the person I'm subletting to have a legal right to kick me out, even ...
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Can a Renter Display Construction/Road Signs on a Rental Property?

Can a renter install highway or road signs on a rental property? And I mean like drilling right into the side of the house, which is stucco. I'm in California and have a new problem neighbor who has ...
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Property usage over time (easement?)

I have a vague memory that in some cases, persistent usage of a property without any move from the owners over a long period of time creates a right to usage (is that an easement?) But I'm sure the ...

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