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Can diplomats be compelled to pay rent?

It turns out that in New Zealand, diplomats can get away with not paying rent: In 2018, Eva Tvarozkova​, deputy chief of mission for the European Union (EU) Delegation to New Zealand, skipped out on ...
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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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Landlord is trying to charge a $250 "tenant at will fee"

Landlord has issued a new lease after I've been a tenant at will for the past 4 years. They've raised the rent by $100, which is fine and expected, but if I don't sign for a 12 month period and choose ...
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How long can someone sleep over at someone else's rented accommodation?

In Scotland, how long can a person legally sleep in another person's flat without being a tenant? I expect that spending one night at a friend's is totally permissible, but being allowed to live there ...
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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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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 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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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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Landlord carrying out full inspection after giving impression that she would only be there to follow up a pipe repair

Received this from a friend, and I gave my own answer though not yet fully awake nor completely confident in my answer, but I will share mine below on which I welcome all feedback/critiques as well as ...
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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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Can my landlord double-dip rent after my month-to-month lease termination?

I had a month-to-month tenancy with my previous landlord, which I terminated via written 30 days notice. The lease will terminate on the 21st of this month. I have already paid pro-rated rent until ...
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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 Defendant Insist on Cross Examining the Plaintiff Directly in a LT Trial?

This question relates to a landlord tenant trial in NJ in which the landlord ("Plaintiff") is being represented by an attorney. The Defendant wishes to cross examine the Plaintiff directly ...
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Must I allow access to every one of my landlord's representatives

I live in a flat that I rent. I understand that I must provide my landlord and their representatives access to the flat for things like maintenance (after proper notice from them when not in an ...
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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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Is this eviction notice legal?

I had to buy money order to pay rent. I paid this rent on time. However, I was notified later that day that the money order was 3 cents less than was due. The person who rang up my money order entered ...
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UK - Landlord refuses to remove personal items

My partner and I have recently begun renting a house in the UK. The rental is a high value one (around £4000/month) and the property is large, and fully detached. The initial tenancy is for 12 ...
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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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Can my landlord install a device to record when I access my apartment?

The question 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? led me to read the newspaper article Hell's Kitchen Landlord ...
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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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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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Can a landlord demand that a house rented when new be returned to "new" condition?

We are living in California. In our lease agreement, it states under the "condition" section: Tenant acknowledges these items are clean and operable condition, with the following exceptions: ...
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Curious case of real-estate transaction with predatory tenants

This question is looking for some ideas and some underwater rocks that haven't been though of yet. The context: Jurisdiction: Nova Scotia, Canada A buyer and a seller has entered into an sale ...
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May a tenant install their own smoke detector?

I live in a studio apartment that has an ionization-based smoke detector right next to the kitchen. Unfortunately, almost anything I cook triggers a false alarm.(Even turning on the oven with nothing ...
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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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Can the landlord force viewing of apartment during lockdown? (England)

My landlord is considering selling the flat I am currently renting and would like to arrange viewings. However, we are still in a national COVID lockdown, and I do not feel comfortable letting people ...
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Tenant lost the job because of covid-19 and unable to pay the rent. Now what?

I own a condo apartment in Schaumburg Illinois. The tenant has lost her job because of COVID-2019 and is unable to pay the rent. I however have to pay the monthly installments as mortgage for this ...
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Is there a quick and easy legal way for the safety of tenants to be guaranteed in this situation?

This takes place in California. A boarding house is shared between 4 people, which are 3 tenants who have leases, and one homeowner. The homeowner, 75, has been diagnosed with dementia 2 years ago but ...
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How can I quickly make a tenant move out of a sold house?

Sold House in Germany in empty condition whitout tenants to a builder who wants to demolish and build a new house. Handover to new owner failed because one tenant still claims to live there. ...
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Improper use of work references by landlord

My would-be landlord asked me for a work reference before I moved in and I gave him my line manager's contact details. My references were checked and I moved in. A month or so later my landlord ...
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I'm being discriminated against by my roommate, can I legally do anything about it?

A few weeks ago, one of my roommates chose to disclose to the other roommate (someone I don't trust, and tell no personal information to) that I am a carrier of Herpes (HSV-2), to which she freaked ...
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When to File a Motion to Compel Arbitration in a LT Trial?

In a landlord tenant case in NJ, should one file a Motion to compel arbitration before the case is heard or should one wait to make that argument orally in front of the judge? If it is ideal to submit ...
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If you buy an apartment that has a rent controlled or rent stabilized tenant in it can you evict them to move in?

Suppose I buy an apartment which has a rent controlled or rent stabilized tenant but I want to use the apartment as a primary residence in NYC. Do I have the right to evict the tenant and move in?
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Can my landlord force me to sign an agreement whereby I'd have to pay their legal fees?

Canada, Ontario: My landlord included this item in the additional terms for a lease they want me to sign: Tenants agree to pay all reasonable costs, Lawyer’s fees and expenses made or ...
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Michigan Renting - Can I Refuse Entry for Showing?

My lease is up on the 31st of July and my landlord wants to sell the home. They told me yesterday the listing will go up on July 5th and that the listing agent will be in touch to schedule showing ...
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How long am I supposed to keep previous tenant's packages

I live in Nevada, US. I moved into my house 4 months ago and have been receiving packages addressed to my old tenant ever since. The first package arrived about 2 weeks since I moved in (meaning ...
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Can a landlord charge everyone for one tenant's misbehavior?

Part of my lease agreement is to cooperate in keeping the communal trash area tidy. Someone in my building, unknown who, is putting trash directly in the can outside rather than bagging their gross ...
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How does the prohibition on late rent fees work in MA?

In Massachusetts, USA, a landlord cannot charge interest or a penalty on late rent until 30 days after the due date. However, the landlord can begin the eviction process immediately, even if ...
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Does Seattle tenant enjoy the right of first order when rental is for sale?

In Seattle, can I enjoy the "Right of first order" (ROR) to buy, when the property I am renting, is put up for sale?
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Tenant refuses communication via phone or email

I am a landlord with one rental dwelling, currently occupied by tenants who will be departing in a few months' time. The tenant gave us their intention to move last week. Consequently, we posted an ...
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Do I have any legal obligation as regards letters sent to my shared household for people who don't live in it any more?

I live in a shared house with other people. Many other people used to live here before me (I know only a few of them, but not many). But a lot of mail with their name on is sent here (e.g. from HMRC, ...
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Isn't it illegal to block wheelchair access to sidewalks with your vehicle?

I live in Federal Way, Washington State. Many of my neighbors continually park their vehicles, blocking wheelchair access to our sidewalks. I can't find the RCW for it, but I am positive that it is ...
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Is it legal to break into a property from which you are unlawfully evicted by the landlord while they are currently inside if you don’t threaten/harm?

The landlady gave no formal notices or court processes to end my lease or repossess the property. I was out of the property at the gym for less than 2 hours, and returned to find she had hired a ...
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New York City- Tenant Rights

I have a question regarding tenant's rights under a leased property; I can't seem to find the answer anywhere online. What are the obligations of a tenant in a 1yr lease to provide notice of vacating ...
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Interpretation of termination clause of a License to Occupy

I find myself in a situation where I need to end my Licence to occupy contract for a property in London UK, 2 months in advance to the initially projected date. The licensor refuses to accept this and ...
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Roomate put a turd in my bed. Who is in the right?

TL;DR Roommate pooped in my bed as punishment for me not flushing. Which one of us can demand for the other to move out? Has a law been broken? I live in one of those old buildings that has bad ...
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Can apartment management terminate leases over a rule tenants never signed?

To live in the apartment building I reside in, a resident has to sign a Lease, and a document of Community Rules which are an "addendum" to that lease. Violation of the Community Rules counts as a ...
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Can my landlord add additional fees for items listed as included in my rent?

I live in Virginia,USA and I have been in my apartment for 3 years and each year when I sign my lease for renewal it states that my washer and dryer fees are included in my rent if applicable. The ...
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Can a landlord in Ontario require tenants to clean the property for a viewing?

I am a landlord with one rental dwelling, currently occupied by tenants who will be departing in a few months' time. The current tenants are uncooperative and refuse to clean the house. This is ...
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Can tenants claim adverse possession during a rent or eviction moratorium?

If there is a rent or eviction moratorium in place for an extended period in a particular jurisdiction, so that tenants are not paying rent, can they eventually acquire adverse possession? By "a ...
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