Hot answers tagged

78 votes

Landlord gives 4 months notice to the rental agency which fails to give notice to the tenants

If you were given a non compliant notice, you haven’t been given notice You can stay as long as you like or for 4 months after they give you the correct notice. The landlord’s legal obligation was to ...
  • 162k
63 votes

I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

If your friend thinks he can live there for free due to his unique interpretation of contract law, he is mistaken. He'll get evicted if he doesn't pay rent, and likely end up with a judgement against ...
  • 500
39 votes

Landlord gives 4 months notice to the rental agency which fails to give notice to the tenants

Dale M's answer contains an inaccuracy for England and Wales. I haven't checked the rules for NI or Scotland but my guess is that the principle is the same (i.e. that a notice with the wrong expiry ...
  • 5,042
29 votes
Accepted

I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

This situation is exactly why we have the concept of legal tender. Legal tender is a form of payment that must be accepted to settle a debt. Your friend is entitled to insist on paying the rent in ...
24 votes

Rent contract say that pets are not allowed. Possible repercussions if bringing the pet anyway?

You signed a contract where you agree to not have pets and the landlord agreed to let you live there. If you decide to not follow your end of the deal, the landlord might not either. In simple terms, ...
  • 1,277
21 votes

I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

He entered into a contract to pay because he liked the payment methods offered He entered into a contract. Full stop. End of story. Therefore he is off the hook for repayment AND doesn't need to ...
13 votes
Accepted

Can a landlord charge for pet rent without pets?

Can a landlord legally charge for pet rent even when no pets are present in the apartment? Yes. Absent any indication in the lease that your cats would not move in immediately, the landlord is ...
13 votes

Rent contract say that pets are not allowed. Possible repercussions if bringing the pet anyway?

The legal repercussion is that you could be evicted for breach of contract. The courts would not order you to give away the cat. What you should do, rather than waiting for this to melt down to a ...
  • 170k
13 votes
Accepted

Can a landlord ask a tenant to sign an addendum to the lease that changes the terms of the first lease?

You are never obligated to sign a contract. You already have a lease agreement in place, which will be enforceable for the agreed-upon duration. The lease can be changed if both parties agree to it, ...
13 votes
Accepted

Waiving my right to not be evicted in a San Francisco lease

The Rent Ordinance para (e) explicitly precludes that possibility: Any waiver by a tenant of rights under this Chapter 37 shall be void as contrary to public policy. If he attempts to enforce ...
  • 170k
13 votes
Accepted

Legal Liabilities as a Landlord if Tenants have committed assault?

The landlord is not free of liability risks. In California, everybody is responsible for injury brought about by lack of ordinary care or skill in management of his or her property or person. This ...
  • 170k
12 votes

Stop paying rent if landlord does not provide lease agreement and basic services

I do not have anything official proving that I gave him the 2-months worth deposit What did you do, hand him a wad of cash? Pay by check, and put what it's for on the memo line. You've been there ...
12 votes
Accepted

Why must victims of 'sex-for-rent' arrangements be legally defined as prostitutes to seek justice?

Why must victims be legally defined as prostitutes in order for a prosecution to take place? The arrangement is currently illegal* because it constitutes causing or inciting prostitution for gain or ...
  • 3,129
12 votes

Landlord gives 4 months notice to the rental agency which fails to give notice to the tenants

Should I have the right to stay following the date my notice has been given? Or the landlord notice to the agency is valid? It depends on whose agent the rental agency is. If the agency works for the ...
9 votes

I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

__________ _________ ____________ Therefore, I get the outcome I want. The human brain must think: it can't stop. If you don't believe me, try meditating. The mental process of putting stuff ...
9 votes

Are there any Social Security loopholes I can use to justify my inability to pay rent to my parents?

If I said that I wasn't paying, my SSI could be cut If you are telling SSI that you are paying rent so they give you more money, and you aren't paying rent, that's fraud. If you're filling out the ...
  • 6,259
9 votes
Accepted

My landlord decided that my rent is due earlier than we had agreed

she immediately stated that I need to provide 60 days notice She is wrong. See Minnesota statute 504B.135(a). Absent any agreement that supersedes the statute, the landlord cannot unilaterally ...
9 votes
Accepted

Can I claim recompense if a government action destroys my house?

In the United States, the government has, multiple times, destroyed homes while trying to catch a fugitive. And the homeowner sometimes makes a claim in federal court that this is an unconstitutional ...
  • 6,259
8 votes
Accepted

Tennants have not been informed that the house has been sold

There's good information at https://www.gov.uk/private-renting-tenancy-agreements/your-landlord-wants-to-end-your-tenancy. There are several types of tenancy with different rules, but in all of ...
8 votes
Accepted

Is this eviction notice legal?

When you tendered three pennies, that should have satisfied the debt as the landlord does not have the right in this situation to insist on payment in a money order in lieu of currency. A money order ...
  • 145k
8 votes

UK — Landlord refused to disclose (in contract) that another tenant is mentally ill and has potential for violence. What are my rights?

A tenant has a right to "live in a property that’s safe and in a good state of repair". There are additional regulations possibly applicable in your situation if this is a "house in multiple ...
  • 170k
8 votes
Accepted

paying debt collector's invalid rent claim, then suing landlord for money back

We don't want this issue to adversely affect our credit and got legal consulting which suggested we should pay the debt collector to protect our credit score, and then sue the landlord for the ...
  • 145k
7 votes
Accepted

Landlord renting parking space he doesn't own - UK

As Paul Johnson says, this is a planning permission thing. The parking places your landlord has leased you are real; they exist. They just don't have planning permission for all of them. It's no ...
7 votes
Accepted

I owe rent for a month and my landord is threatening me to move my stuff out of the house

Even with a verbal lease, evictions must be done legally; the landlord can't evict you with out going through a legal process that takes time, and can't legally dump your possessions outside, or ask ...
  • 17.6k
7 votes
Accepted

Squatters are not Trespassers?

The difference is that the person was originally invited to live there, so they do have a claim of residency. A tenant recently allowed someone to move into his apartment as his caregiver. This is ...
  • 9,115
6 votes
Accepted

Does manually crossing out terms in a printed and signed contract actually change the contract?

The written document is given very high priority, so parties will be held to what is in the document. Both parties sign at the bottom, as a way of signalling their agreement with the terms specified ...
  • 170k
6 votes
Accepted

How much can a landlord charge for overnight guests?

Has this contract been translated (badly) from another language because the construction of the clause is cumbersome and confusing? Does the contract say that I can have guests over 1 night without ...
  • 162k
6 votes

What if my roommate doesn't pay his rent

You have not mentioned your jurisdiction or details on the lease, but generally tenants are jointly and severally liable - which means that if he does not pay his share, the landlord can pursue you ...
  • 3,368
6 votes

I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

There are probably specific laws that control landlord/tenant rent disputes. But your friend's argument assumes that there aren't. Let's assume that there aren't. So there are two possibilities. ...

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible