Apartment Life – The Landlord

I, along with most people, have experienced both a reputable landlord and a dreadful landlord. We should be clear that landlords include individuals, management groups, and leasing agencies. As a tenant, it is important to remember that you are living in a place you do not own. It is not your property. You are not able to do whatever you want simply because you pay monthly rent and have your stuff in the residence. You, as a renter, are obligated (This is NOT an exhaustive list) to keep the home in reasonable repair, notify the landlord of potential problems, damages, or hazards on the property, and avoid illegal activities or ventures based in the rental property. This is a good time to make an important note:

The Lease is your most important document. The lease spells out the rights, duties, and obligations of all parties.

However, the landlord’s authority is not all encompassing and has certain limitations. The landlord has specific duties to protect your rights that we will discuss in the next entry.

The information contained in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

Apartment Life – A Short Series

The most common questions Chris and I receive stem from the area of Landlord/Tenant law. We are constantly asked by people, “Can my landlord do this to me?” or “Can I do this at my apartment?” or “Does my lease really say this?”  Based on these continual and common questions, we have decided to do a short series on the laws that govern the Landlord/Tenant relationship. The main areas we are going to discuss are:

  • Landlord Rights
  • Tenant Rights
  • Federal Law governing Landlord/Tenant
  • Roommates
  • Random Questions

We would also be happy to give general information about any questions or issues you may have related to this topic. Please submit them below, and we will discuss them in an upcoming entry.