What Are A Tenant's Rights?

The tenant may have possession of the rental property until the lease expires, as long as he or she performs all legal obligations. The tenant may use the property in any lawful way, subject to the restrictions in the lease. A common restriction is to use the premises for residential purposes only.

The tenant may deliver a written notice to the landlord specifying the acts and omissions constituting any breach of the rental agreement and the rental agreement will terminate upon a date 30 days after receipt of the notice if the breach is not remedied in 14 days.

If the landlord fails to supply essential services such as heat or water, the tenant may give written notice to the landlord stating the nature of the failure and may deduct the cost of obtaining such services from the rent or find reasonable substitute housing during the period services were not available.

The tenant may sub­let the property unless prohibited by the lease. The original tenant must fulfill his or her obligations (including being responsible for the rent if the sublettor fails to pay) under the original lease agreement, even if the property has been sub­let.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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