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Unscheduled exterminator attempted to enter my unit without notice or invitation

Yesterday there was a knock on my door and then I could hear my door being unlocked. Someone was attempting to enter my unit, he had keys so he unlocked the door and deadbolt, but I had the security ...
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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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What's the impact of this late fee typo?

My landlord has a late fee clause in our lease, which says that if the lessee is late with the rent, the lessor must pay a (poorly defined) late fee. What would be the effect of this clause? The ...
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Landlord bait-and-switch regarding having pet

This question is based on a social media post of a presumably real situation someone I don't directly know is facing. Suppose a landlord leases housing to a person, with a requirement in the lease to ...
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California: Is there a grace period when signing an apartment lease?

Let's say you sign a lease and move into the apartment and the 1st or 2nd night you discover there is a dance club next door that runs loud music until 2am. Is there any law that requires the landlord ...
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Typo on Lease, Who is Responsible?

The lease agreement for my rental home clearly says that the landlord is responsible for paying for garbage services. However, after asking why I hadn't received our garbage bins yet, the leasing ...
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Can a landlord force all residents to use the landlord's in-house debit card accounts?

[asking regarding state law in Ohio, U.S.A. only] Recently I have noticed landlords issuing their residents a debit card with attached bank account. This is typically implemented without prior notice ...
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Can a rental agreement state that no guests or parties are allowed?

Bob and his friends want to rent a house, hypothetically in Corvallis, Oregon USA. The prospective landlord presents Bob and his friends with a lease agreement that states that no guests are allowed, ...
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Is rent acceleration legal in Texas?

Texas Association of Realtors' Sample Lease has the following: B. If Tenant fails to timely pay all amounts due under this lease or otherwise fails to comply with this lease, Tenant will be in ...
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In the UK, can a landlord/agent add new tenants to a joint tenancy agreement without the consent of the current tenants?

I am currently subject to a fixed-term joint tenancy (assured shorthold) agreement with two other tenants. One of the joint tenants wishes to exit the tenancy early. The tenancy agreement describes ...
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Is it possible for me to break a lease that is co-signed if my health suffers from staying at the apartment?

Problem Overview I live in an apartment in Georgia and the tenant above me is smoking a lot of marijuana every day and has been doing so for the last three months. While inside the apartment, I ...
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Is occupation distinct from "source of income"?

As per California Government Code, section 12955, it's illegal to discriminate housing accommodation based on the source of income. However, what about the occupation itself? For example, is it ...
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Can my landlord require me to agree to third-party terms of service if they install a smart lock on my door during my lease?

I am in the middle of my current fixed-term lease and have always had a mechanical key-based lock on my apartment door. My landlord has announced that the doors of all apartments will shortly be ...
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Can my lease co-signer sublet to someone without my consent?

I live in an apartment in Austin, TX, with a roommate. We're both co-signed on the lease and the lease doesn't expire until next year. My roommate told me this morning that he is moving out and ...
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Is it legal for landlord to prohibit subleasing, under Texas law?

It's quite common that plans change, and a residential lease must be broken. Of course, since one has agreed to pay the full price of the lease, they're on the hook for it, unless they can find ...
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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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Landlord's LLC filed for bankruptcy, is that a breach of contract?

My landlord owns and maintains the property I'm leasing though an LLC. The lease documents are between myself and the LLC. I was recently sent a letter that says that my landlord's LLC is filing for ...
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Can you be held accountable for rent after you're off the lease?

In California, there's a lease with three people on it (call them X, Y, and Z) and the landlord (L), with six months remaining on the lease. Y, Z, and L agree to release X from the lease. Y and Z do ...
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Can a Lease with Missing Pages be used as Evidence in Court?

Suppose a 10 page lease agreement is signed by a landlord and tenant. After a number of years, some of the pages were misplaced but each of the parties signed the bottom of each of the 10 pages (not ...
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Are residential lease durations in Bay Area meaningless?

The vacancy rates in Bay Area are the lowest in the nation, and the rent much so often gets increased much faster than the inflation. However, a lot of corporate complexes employ monthly pricing that'...
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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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Can landlords refuse to show you contract prior to application?

I've seen some landlords refuse to provide a sample residential lease contract prior to making an often non-refundable application, in California and other states. Is it legal? Aren't you supposed ...
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Can my landlord legally say no to installing a security chain on my apartment door?

I live in a rental apartment in Florida. This apartment is located in a 7-story building with an attached 7-story garage. Main entry points on each floor have closed-circuit cameras monitored by ...
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Can Landlord Require a Minimum Number of Occupants in NYC Apartment?

In New York City, is it legal for a landlord (or any other party) to require a minimum number of tenants in an apartment? I am searching (with three other people) for a four bedroom apartment, and we ...
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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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What happens when a subtenant becomes the landlord in California?

In a situation where someone is subleasing part of a residential property from a master tenant , but finds themselves in the position to purchase the property from the landlord. In other words, what ...
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paying debt collector's invalid rent claim, then suing landlord for money back [closed]

TLDR: terminated lease after continued upstairs noise, landlord sent debt collector, trying to decide if should pay debt collector and sue landlord for money back. We had been renting an apartment in ...
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How long can my girlfriend stay over at my place despite not being on the lease?

I have recently signed a new lease and moved into my new place. The place I have moved in is a unit in an apartment complex. The manager of the complex told me I cannot have guests for more than 14 ...
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Apartment Complex REQUIRES you to Friend Them on Facebook

This one caught my eye today and I thought it would be a good topic for a question. Click here for the full story. Summary City Park Apartments in Salt Lake City, Utah put a lease addendum on ...
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Can my landlord legally not let me do my anmeldung in Germany?

I really need to do my anmeldung so I can start working and get health insurance in Germany now (during corona). I moved out of a youth hostel once it shut down and me and two others found a room for ...
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If an AirBnB host doesn't disclose that it's not allowed, in which countries does a landlord have direct recourse against the *guest*?

So this question stems from an article on cbc, describing how it can happen that an AirBnB host rents an apartment in a block where short term rentals are forbidden. The article states that in some ...
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Is it legal to restrict housing to certain occupations?

I've spoken with a landowner in the rural area of Saratoga, California, who owns a single parcel with more land than he knows what to do with, and I asked him why doesn't he build an MDU or some such, ...
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Landlord quadrupling rent in Ohio

This ended up being a case of clerical error on their part. They didnt raise the rent at all for the remaining 3 weeks. As part of my lease agreement, we must give a 60 day notice before we intend to ...
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Does fair housing law prevent landlords from making deals?

I've had a couple of negotiation dealings with various corporate landlords (for residential housing) in a couple of states, and, basically, every time I would try to negotiate any sort of a remotely ...
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Can landlord charge a fee to return security deposit by wire or mail?

I am an international student living in Pennsylvania, USA for the semester. I had to pay a security deposit when I rented this property and now my landlord is saying that I must pay a "shipping" ...
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Disputing Tenancy Deposit Scheme Adjudication Decisions

After years of complaining about the lack of care the landlord had for the property I was renting from them I finally got served an eviction notice. I moved out, and 2 weeks later because of terms in ...
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Do tenants need consent to sublease?

If I’m a tenant and my landlord lets me have my camper on the property, do I need my landlord’s permission to lease the camper? How might the answer change if the agreement is informal—for example, if ...
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Fully Executed Lease with "typo"

We have a fully executed lease which states the landlords responsibilities. This is essentially a chart which "checks" what the landlord pays vs. what the tenant pays. Water, sewer and electricity ...
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Can my landlord charge me a fee that does not appear in the lease?

I was added as an occupant (not as the tenant) to the lease of an apartment in Alexandria, VA. I paid a $50 fee to management to run a credit check; all good so far. A few months later, I moved out ...
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Property manager said my rent was 1/3rd of the usual for an extra 11 days, now says it's full amount

As many others, I'm in a leasing pickle, and would like to better know my options. I recently rented an apartment in Seattle for a 3-month stay (Jun 1st - Aug 31st), for $1190 monthly. On July 29th, ...
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Is it legal for an apartment manager to put advertisement stickers on my mail?

I'm in the US (North Carolina) I live in an apartment complex with 13 separate buildings that house around 700 total residents. The standard way that we receive packages that are too large to go into ...
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Is it legal for an apartment complex to have me sign a lease and never discuss the fact they do quarterly inspections?

So I just moved in to an apartment complex, I have historically always rented from private persons and they usually have been houses, but I was new to the Austin, TX area and needed to get my family ...
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Is it legal for an apartment manager to give my personal info to a renter without my permission

I live in an apartment in New Jersey and I received an email from someone I don't know today. He said he lives in the same building and asked if I work from home and am interested in being his dog ...
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Why would a landlord put the following in a residential rental agreement?

I saw the following in a rental agreement: Legal Proceedings: Landlord and Tenant agree that any action or proceeding arising out of or in any way connected with this agreement, regardless of ...
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Can California landlords protect against tenants paying retainer instead of rent?

I've heard that in San Francisco, with a landlord that's not on top of his things, and a tenant who doesn't care about his credit report, it would be cheaper to withhold rent and pay a retainer ...
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Is a mandatory fee added to paying one's lease legal?

Is it legal for a property management company to require a convenience fee for every type of payment they accept, or must they accept some form of payment that costs nothing extra? It seems to me ...
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Assignment and subletting of leasehold in UK

I am planning on buying a worn down property that has 4 big rooms to fix it up, and then rent out 2 out of 4 rooms - room by room. I would live with my family in the other two (at least for the ...
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Can a landlord dictate where I can park when moving in/out of an apartment?

I recently moved out of a room that I rented in a house in Oakland, California. In my lease it under terms of vacating the premise my landlord added a clause stating: "All moving must be done in ...
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Mold and Tenant Rights

I am currently living in an apartment with 3 other people, and we have been having a consistent mold problem. We have cleaned it multiple times and yet it returns in both bedrooms and the bathroom. ...
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Break lease after murder

About 5 minutes after I came home tonight two neighbors were shot and murdered in front of their apartment. My unit is close enough that it's within the evidence zone. My heart goes out to the ...
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