Questions tagged [tenant]

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Tenant is asking to repair a built-in closet. It was fine when they moved in

I own a small studio apt. in a co-op building located in Brooklyn, NY USA. My tenant, who's been renting this studio for ~ 3 years, is asking to repair one of the built-in closets. This closet was ...
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How much control can US landlords have over a tenant's personal behavior in and outside of a dwelling?

I understand why it would be imoportant for Landlords to request certain information about employment and also to be allowed to establish rules like no smoking or no pets allwed in a dwelling. But I'...
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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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Does this lease clause provide a one sided exit for the landlord?

In the Greater Boston Real Estate Board Standard Lease Form, Section 8, it says In the event the Lessor is not able through no fault of his own to deliver the leased premises to the Lessee at the ...
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landlord having neighbor stalk the property

We recently rented a house and the day we moved in we were told the neighbor will do the yard work and take care of the home. Also in the lease the landlord should give 24 hour notice before ...
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Tenancy - definition of "The Property" and exceptions

So I'm having a small issue with my landlord who has changed the lock on my garage, and says that "I never rented the garage". Wondering if anyone is able to confirm my understanding, the below ...
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Can a tenant be held liable if they have shown intention to rent but pull out before signing a contract? (UK)

Scenario: Alan advertises a room to rent in a joint tenancy property in which they are lead tenant Zoe views the room and verbally expresses an interest in renting it Alan passes on Zoe's contact ...
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Is there any law in the Unites States (in NYC) requiring plumbing inspections after ___ years in apartment buildings?

I live in Brooklyn, NY and recently my apartment unit toilet had a minor clog and overflow (when I wasn’t home) that the landlord is insisting has caused water damage in his basement (I saw there was ...
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Can Class Action Waivers actually be enforced?

I'm in Texas, about to sign a new lease. They've sent it to me to e-sign, and there's no option to submit the lease without signing/initialing something. I'm not expecting to be part of a class action ...
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Temporary Tenancy Agreement Until Estates are Settled

I find myself in an unusual position. My wife and I were renting a house from her father, and he recently passed away without a will. Her father has no wife, and 3 natural children (all over 18). ...
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How to prepare for early termination of 12 month lease

I am planning to enter into a 12 month lease in California. However, circumstances may arise which require me to move out before the lease ends. I looked at what typically happens with early ...
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Landlord provided photos and information for a different apartment

I recently rented a unit sight-unseen (moving across country while working). The building had good reviews from previous tenants and the property manager provided photos of the unit. Upon moving in, ...
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Landlord won't make amenities available and repeatedly lied about when they would be ready

I live in a large apartment complex, aprox 300 units. They advertise pictures of a pool and a gym on their website and they told us they would be available in 2 weeks. After 9 months all 3 pools ...

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