Your Tenant’s Right to Habitability

Your Tenant’s Right to Habitability

What is the Implied Warranty of Habitability when you rent your home? What is the acceptable level of repair and maintenance? What is fair to you to protect your tenant’s rights? Typically, certain repair and maintenance items are under the care of the landlord....
Protecting Your Tenant’s Rights in a Fire

Protecting Your Tenant’s Rights in a Fire

Suppose a catastrophe happened and your apartment building or rental house burned to the ground. Are you without any tenant’s rights? Even if  you do not have a written lease to your home, you still may have tenant’s rights.  If you have an oral contract with the...
What to bring to your first meeting with an attorney

What to bring to your first meeting with an attorney

You have a dispute with your landlord. You have written letters but it has not been resolved. You made an appointment with a lawyer who concentrates in tenant matters. What do you do before the appointment? The first thing you should do is retrieve all your documents....

Illegal or secondary units and you

You see a listing for an apartment on the Internet. There is only one electric meter and one water meter for the apartment and for the upstairs single family house. The apartment was built in the back of a garage. You take the apartment because the rent is...