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What is the implied warranty of habitability?

Question: What is the implied warranty of habitability?

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Landlord Responsibility to Repaint Apartment

Question: One of my tenants wants me to repaint his apartment. Do I have any legal obligation to make this kind of cosmetic improvement?

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Renters' Insurance Coverage When You Use Airbnb or VRBO

If you’re a renter, renters' insurance is a good thing to have (plus your landlord may actually require it).

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Is the landlord responsible for appliance repair?

Question: My refrigerator broke and my landlord says I have to fix it because that’s what my lease says. Isn’t that illegal?

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Sample Group Petition to Landlord for Repairs and Property Improvements

Tenants have many options, such as rent withholding, when it comes to getting their landlord to make repairs and improvements.

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Sample Letter Alerting Landlord to Dangerous Conditions

Landlords have the legal responsibility to protect their tenants from crime on the rental property, either under state or local housing rules or as ...

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Is your rental unit exempt from lead hazard disclosure rules?

Question I’m moving in to a studio apartment in an older building and my landlord said he does not have to provide lead hazard disclosures to me...

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Can I force my landlord to test for asbestos?

Question  I’m concerned about that the “cottage cheese” ceilings in my apartment contain asbestos. Can I force my landlord to test for asb...

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Can I sue my landlord for bed bugs in the building?

In all states but Arkansas, landlord are required to provide tenants a safe and livable home, under what’s known as the

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What Landlords Need to Tell Tenants about Bed Bugs in the Building

Understandably, many people don’t want to live in a building with a history of bed bugs.

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Landlord Responsibility for Bed Bugs

Bed bug problem? It happens to even the best of apartments. Bed bugs can catch a ride in your suitcase or used furniture (beware of second hand matt...

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What Damages are Covered Under Renters' Insurance?

If you’re renting a home, it’s important to protect your belongings.

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Tips for Investors on Essential Repairs for Rental Properties

Properties are rented every day that are suitable for some tenants but would be considered unrentable for others.

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Should I Buy Renters' Insurance?

Question My lease requires that I purchase renters’ insurance.

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Sample Letter to Landlord Regarding a Likely Radon Problem

If you believe that you have a radon problem in your rental unit, you’ll want to alert your landlord, using the

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Sample Letter to Landlord Requesting a Radon Test

If you have reason to believe that you have a radon problem in your rental unit, you’ll want to have your place te

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Sample Letter: Request Inspection of CO Detector

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless lethal gas. Unlike other environmental hazards, such as lead, CO can not be covered up or masked.

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Sample Tenant Letter Requesting Reimbursement for Temporary Housing

Sometimes it isn’t possible to shield yourself from the effects of deteriorating asbestos or other health hazards in your rental unit, or even fro...

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Sample Letter to Landlord: Deteriorating Asbestos

Federal OSHA regulations on workplace standards for the testing, maintenance, and disclosure of asbestos, landlords are responsible for dealing with...

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Sample Letter to Landlord: Permission to Do a Minor Repair

Many leases and rental agreements forbid tenants from making any “repairs, alterations, or improvements.” Even if you don’t have such a clause...

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Sample Letter to Landlord: You Intend to Withhold the Rent

If your landlord has failed to keep your rental unit livable, you may be able to stop paying rent until the repairs are made. Your right to withhold...

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Sample Letter with Landlord: Repairs for Current Tenants

The best way to get your landlord to make repairs is to put every repair and maintenance request in writing.

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Sample Letter with Landlord: Repairs for New Tenant

Once you’ve found a place to live, your landlord may make certain promises—such as to paint the apartment or clean the carpet before you move in...

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Sample Agreement with Landlord: Painting Rental Unit

If your landlord agrees to let you paint your apartment or makes any other kinds of promises you want to depend upon, get it in writing and include ...

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Renters’ Insurance

Leases and rental agreements often include a clause alerting tenants to the fact that the landlord’s property insurance will not cover any losses ...

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How to Prevent (or Manage) Mold Problems in Your Home

Prevention is the best way to decrease the chances that mold will begin to grow in your rental unit.

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Repairs, Maintenance, and Entry to Rented Premises

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, sho...

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Renters' Rights to Minor Repairs

Your landlord is responsible for keeping your rental unit in a livable condition, though renters often feel stuck with less-than-ideal living conditio...

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Mold in Rentals: Landlord Liability, Responsibility, and Prevention

Mold is an environmental hazard that causes concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won multimillion-dollar cases against landlords fo...

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Prevention: The Best Way to Avoid Mold Problems

Mold is an environmental hazard that causes concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won multimillion-dollar cases against landlords fo...

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