Question One of my tenants is worried that there’s a radon problem in the house he’s renting from me. How do I handle this? Answer Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is associated with lung cancer, is invisible and odorless, so it’s not always easy to know whether it’s present
Question One of my tenants wants to install a satellite dish. Do I have to allow this? Answer It depends. Tenants have specific rights to install satellite dishes, under Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules. But tenants may do so only in their own, exclusive rented space, such as on a balcony,
Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is associated with lung cancer, is found in rental properties throughout the U.S. To meet the responsibility to provide tenants habitable rentals, landlords must address radon problems that occur in rental properties. Because the gas is invisible and
Questions Are there any rental properties exempt from Title X lead disclosure regulations? Are any lead disclosures required before a landlord renovates rental property? What are a landlord's legal responsibilities to new tenants regarding lead in rental property? Are there any rental properties exempt
If you discover a mold problem at your rental property, it's possible your insurance will help cover your losses. In addition to property coverage for mold cleanup and repairs, landlords may also be covered for liability if tenants sue you, claiming mold made them sick. Rather than wait for a mold
Mold is an environmental hazard that causes concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won multimillion-dollar cases against landlords for significant health problems -- such as rashes, chronic fatigue, nausea, cognitive losses, hemorrhaging, and asthma -- allegedly caused by exposure to "toxic molds" in their building. If you suspect there is mold in your rental, learn about your landlord's potential liability and how to prevent or clean up mold before it becomes a problem.
If hazardous materials are released (or threatened to be released) during an emergency, authorities may instruct the public to "shelter-in-place." This means that people must immediately take refuge in a room with as few windows and as little ventilation as possible, to minimize the risk of exposure to contaminants. Here's what landlords need to know in order to comply with a shelter-in-place order.
To avoid problems with tenants, you should make repairs to rental units as soon as you can. Major problems, such as a plumbing or heating problem, should be handled within 24 hours. But before entering rented premises to make needed repairs, you must provide advance notice to the tenant (usually 24 hours). Without advance notice, in most states a landlord or property manager may enter rented premises only in an emergency, such as a fire or serious water leak.
Your landlord is responsible for keeping your rental unit in a livable condition, though renters often feel stuck with less-than-ideal living conditions. Maybe the drip, drip, drip of your leaking bathroom faucet is driving you insane. Or there's an unsightly stain on your living room carpet. These aren't huge problems, but you don't just have to live with them, do you?