Renters' Rights to Minor Repairs
How to get landlords to keep their end of the maintenance bargain.
Tenant Repair and Maintenance Responsibilities
Tenant obligations to keep their rental in good shape.
Tenant Rights to a Livable Place
Landlords must provide tenants with a safe and livable rental home.
Sample Agreement with Landlord: Painting Rental Unit
If your landlord agrees to let you paint your apartment, get all details in writing
Sample Letter with Landlord: Repairs for New Tenant
Get all landlord promises in writing—before you move in.
Learn about the basics of renters' insurance.
Why Do I Need Renters' Insurance?
Learn about the benefits of having renters' insurance.
Should I Buy Renters' Insurance?
If you are a tenant, learn the benefits of renters' insurance and how it will protect you.
What Damages are Covered Under Renters' Insurance?
Learn how renters’ insurance will protect your personal belongings from damage or loss, as well as your liability for guest injuries at your rental home.
How to Choose the Right Renters' Insurance Coverage for Your Personal Belongings
Learn how to do a personal property inventory and choose renters' insurance coverage for your personal belongings.
Renters' Insurance Claims for Damaged or Stolen Property
Learn the basics of filing a claim under your renters' insurance policy.
Renters' Insurance Coverage When You Use Airbnb or VRBO
Renters' insurance can cover you from losses while you travel.
How to Get Your Landlord to Make Major Repairs
How to write a convincing request for repairs letter to your landlord
How to Get Your Landlord to Make Minor Repairs
Strategies for getting leaky faucets and other annoying problems fixed
Tenant Options if Your Landlord Won't Make Major Repairs
Tenant "big stick" remedies if your landlord won't handle serious habitability problems
Is the Landlord Legally Required to Repaint Rental Units Between Tenants?
I’m moving into an apartment that really needs some painting. Is the landlord legally required to repaint rental units between tenants?
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. Is that true?
Q&A on Improvement and Alterations
My lease forbids me to make any repairs, alterations, or improvements to the premises. Is this legal?
Shouldn't the Landlord Reimburse Me for Improvements?
I had a note and agreement for residing in a residence for an unspecified period of time. I made thousands of dollars' worth of improvements to the property. Is the landlord required by law to reimburse me for these improvements?
Is the Landlord Responsible for Appliance Repair?
Learn when tenants might have to fix their own stove or refrigerator.