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Tenants: Know Your Right

Posted by Esther on September 21, 2018

Tenants have number of rights just like the property owner. These rights are normally well-defined in the rent agreement. This article centers on the rights of tenants, as provided by state and federal law.

In many societies, approved landlord-tenant departments or offices oversee relationships between landlords and tenants. In places without precise landlord-tenant regulatory authority, the lease terms and basic law of contract, also provide tenants with concrete rights. While the rights of tenants will differ according to the rules or the terms of the agreement, there are a few collective rights allowed to almost all tenants.

As a tenant in a private rented property, your rent agreement provides you with a number of rights which includes the following:

Right to quiet and peaceful Premises

Most agreements between landlords and tenants will grant the tenant right to the quiet and peaceful premises in exchange for a timely remittance of rent. This implies that as long as a tenant pays rent, he has right to live within the rented unit free from all disturbances from the landlord or whosoever. However, if the tenant is involved in an illegal activity, causing a trouble within the premises, the landlord may have the right to terminate the agreement and evict the tenant. This clause protects most tenants from unpredictable or biased demands from property-owners.

Restricted Right to hold back Rent

In some societies, tenants have the right to hold back rent from a property-owner for several justifiable reasons, as long as the tenant notify the landlord of the purpose in advance. In other climes, tenants may need to get legal authorization from local court or landlord-tenant agency in order to keep back rent legally. Justified reasons for holding rent would include reimbursement for maintenance the tenant did on the buildings in an emergency or if the landlord did not make the maintenance at the appointed time.

Right to demand compliance to the agreement

An agreement is a legal document, an obligatory contract, which land owners as well as tenants must adhere to. When a property-owner violates the terms of an agreement, tenants have the right to file an objection with a local landlord-tenant agency or take the matter to small claims court with requisite jurisdiction. In some circumstances, tenants may rightfully refuse to pay subsequent rents until the matter is resolved.

Right to Privacy and Control of Property

Despite the fact all landlords are allowed the right to enter rented premises for the purpose of doing repair works, most landlord-tenant agreement will have that the landlord must notify the tenant of this need beforehand and must limit the visit to within sensible hours, except in substitute situations. Landowners are generally not allowed to enter the buildings for any other reason without the consent of the tenant. They are also not permitted to do away with property belonging of the tenant from the rented unit for any cause.

Right to Safe Premises

Almost all property agreement grants tenants the right to expect the property to be safe and comfortable, in accordance with local housing laws. For instance, landlords should be responsible for repairing non-functioning air conditioning units, leaky roofs, broken channels and other major repairs in the building. Tenants have the right to request that the owner of the property should repair such utilities promptly and at no cost to the occupants.

Right to Way of life

Provided that the tenant is not involved in any unlawful act, he or she has the complete right to live the lifestyle of his or her choice, without interference from the landlord. However, tenants should check the terms of their rent, if it prohibits smoking, the keeping of pets or the painting of walls. Often, they are reasonable rules that can be adhered to. Other reasonable restrictions might include prohibitions against loud music, large parties or use of a residential unit as a place of business. Property owners generally do not have the right to limit overnight guests unless it is clear the overnight guest is really becoming a permanent roommate, and one not covered on the lease.

So, if you’re unconvinced, this should be the first port of demand. As a tenant, you have the right to know why your request to rent an apartment is prohibited. It is illicit for a landowner to refuse your rental request for biased reasons.


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