Landlords typically want all adults (18 years of age and older)
who will live in the rental unit, including both members of a couple, to sign
the lease or rental agreement. Doing this makes everyone who signs responsible
for all terms, including the full amount of the rent.â
Your lease or rental agreement is probably loaded with clauses written to maximize the landlord’s rights and minimize yours. That’s because these rental documents are typically written by lawyers hired by landlords or their trade associations. â
Rent-to-own agreements, also called lease-to-own agreements or lease-options, are traditional leases agreements that also give the tenant an option to purchase the rental property, typically a single-family house, sometime after the beginning of the tenancy. This arrangement has potential financial and
Questions Do landlords have to allow a grace period for late rent before they charge late fees? Are late fees legal? When are landlords allowed to raise the rent? How do rent control laws work? What's the difference between a rental agreement and a lease? Are there lease or rental agreement terms that
Your lease or rental agreement may be as short as one page or longer than ten. It may be typed or handwritten, easy to understand, or full of legalese. Most landlords use preprinted forms they buy in stationery stores, order from a landlords’ association, or find in a software program.â
Both leases and rental agreements are legally enforceable agreements that establish the terms of your tenancy. They both cover basic issues such as the amount of rent, security deposits, and who can live in the rental unit. The primary difference between the two types of agreements is the length of
I have a 19 year-old daughter, Jennifer, who has a problem. The apartment manager at the complex she has chosen refuses to let her father (who can well afford it and is proud of his accomplished daughter) sign a lease for her. He has a gold credit history and wants to guarantee that the rent will always be paid, and promptly. The manager, however, insists that the tenant must have an income three times the rental amount. Someday, Jennifer wants to be a lawyer, but for now, she's a great young lady who goes to college and also holds a full-time job at nights. Isn't there a way to convince the management of this complex that money is money, it doesn't matter if it is coming from Jennifer or her father?
I moved into an apartment near a college campus a few months ago. I'm a college student, as are the other residents of the 12-unit building. I noticed a paragraph in my lease that bothered me. It says that all residents are "mutually responsible for any damages to common areas except for normal wear and tear." Is this legal? How can I control the behavior of people in other apartments?
I'm subletting an apartment. My landlord wants to evict me for smoking -- and for allowing my guests to smoke, too. The tenant whom I rent from didn't mention any rules about smoking, nor were there any in the tenant's lease, nor in my month-to-month sublease. I pay rent on time. What are my rights?
I am a single person who prefers pets to children. When I moved into my apartment nine years ago, small dogs and cats were allowed. They have since discontinued the dog part of the policy. This does not affect my current dog, but will probably keep me from getting another one in the future. I am wondering why large apartment complexes are allowed to discriminate this way. Is there any legal recourse for this situation?
I have 10 months left on my 13-month lease. I don't want to sublease to anyone because then I would have to worry about whether they will make the rent, and if they don't, I believe I am responsible for making the payments. Isn't there something like assuming a lease whereby I pass all financial responsibility to the assumer of the lease and I am free to go?
My roommate and I signed a one-year lease for an apartment in a small town in upstate New York. Utilities were not part of the rent. It was my understanding that the utility account would go in our names since we were to be responsible for it. When it came time to sign the lease, the landlord explained that she would keep the utilities in her name and pay 25% of the bill since there were two exterior lights included in the bill for our apartment. We agreed to this arrangement until we learned that there was actually another apartment included in our utilities, not just two exterior lights. The landlord initially denied this until we confirmed it with the utility company. We felt the lease was null and void and moved out 2.5 months after moving in. There is an outstanding balance on the utility account and the landlord is threatening to garnish our wages. Was the lease null and void? What portion of the utility bill are we responsible for? Can landlords garnish wages without going to small claims court?
Several months ago, a friend of mine's father was dying of cancer and asked us to take care of his puppy until he returned from getting treatment. He has yet to return and my lease states that any dog has to be under 17 inches and under 25 pounds, which this dog is not. I have grown attached to the dog and do not wish to give him up, but the apartment manager called us up to the office and told us that we have two weeks to get rid of the dog. How do eviction laws work? Is there any way we can break our lease?
A month-to-month tenancy renews (sometimes termed “rolls over”) every 30 days. This means that if no one says anything about leaving, you can theoretically stay forever. But if your landlord wants you out, do you get any advance warning? And what are your obligations if you decide to pack up? â
The foreclosure crisis has affected not only homeowners, but their pets, too. Suddenly faced with the need to find a rental, many ex-homeowners are turned away when prospective landlords say, "No pets." The result? Shelters are flooded with family pets that can't find homes. If you're a landlord, maybe it's time for you to rethink your policies.