Know your rights when it comes to discrimination, occupancy limits, and the rights of tenants with disabilities. Protect your security deposit from the beginning, with a landlord-tenant checklist.
Legal Issues With Roommates
It's important to understand the different legal buzz words that apply to tenants and roommates.
Roommates: Renting a Place With Others
Legal obligations and responsibilities of roommates
When a Roommate Wants to Leave Early
When co-tenants split, there can be serious consequences beyond hurt feelings.
Adding a New Roommate
Most landlords will insist that the new roommate become a co-tenant rather than a subtenant.
What's the Difference Between a Tenant and a Subtenant?
What’s the difference between a tenant and a subtenant?
Adding a Roommate to the Lease or Rental Agreement
Get your landlord's approval before a new person moves in.
Rent Payment History on Your Credit Report? What Tenants Need to Know
New credit reporting practice tracks rent delinquencies and non-payment of rent.
Legal and Illegal Reasons Landlords May Turn Rental Applicants Down
What a landlord can and cannot ask you when you're applying for a rental.
Your Credit Report Can Make or Break Your Application
A poor credit score can affect your ability to rent the place you want.
Sample Apartment-Hunting Note
How to get the word out on your search for a new apartment
Can I Be Refused an Apartment Because of My Criminal Record?
I recently applied for a apartment and was rejected. The reason they gave me was stated in one word: criminal. I have a felony conviction almost 10 years old. Is this a form of discrimination?
Ten Tips for Tenants
Know your rights when you rent a house or apartment.
Tips for Homeowners About to Be Renters After a Disaster
Homeowners displaced after a disaster such as a fire, flood, or hurricane may find themselves in the market for a rental.
How to Find a Good Apartment
The best ways to go about finding a rental in the neighborhood you want
How to Impress Prospective Landlords
Tips for getting a landlord to accept you as a tenant
Difference Between Renting from an Individual Landlord and a Property Management Firm?
Type of landlord may make a big difference in your renting experience.
How to Check Out a Landlord or Property Manager
Before you choose a place to rent, find out what it’s like to rent deal with the landlord or manager. Make sure you don't forget to screen them.
Signing a Lease or Rental Agreement FAQ
Learn about the laws that cover security deposits, rent increases, and late fees.
Protect Your Security Deposit When You Move In
Record the condition of the property to safeguard your security deposit.
Chart: Security Deposit Limits, State by State
Learn how much security deposit a landlord can charge in your state.
Renting a House or Apartment With Roommates
Learn to avoid disputes among roommates or with the landlord.
Tenant Rights Against Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Discrimination
Know your renter's rights if a landlord won't rent to you because you are gay, lesbian, or transgender.
Disabled Renters' Housing Rights
If you have a disability, you should understand the laws when you rent a house or apartment.
Landlord-Tenant Statutes, State-by-State
To help you research your state laws, here's a listing of landlord-tenant codes for every state.
Hurricane Irene Ruined My Vacation Rental: Do I Get My Money Back?
You've paid for the rental, but Mother Nature steps in. What now?
Typical Provisions in Leases and Rental Agreements
Key terms you can expect to see in a lease or rental agreement.