Your Rights As A Tenant
- complain to him,
- complain to appropriate government agencies, such as your local building and health departments,
- exercise your rights under law or the rental agreement which you have signed,
- join with other tenants to secure your rights.
These rights may be exercised without fear of eviction. In addition, if after reasonable notice, your landlord fails to carry out his legal duties, you have the right to move out of the dwelling you are renting, thereby ending your rental agreement. Moreover, you have the right to seek relief in court if the landlord fails to fulfill his duties. If you seek relief in court and the court decides in your favor, it may reduce the amount of rent you must pay until the landlord fulfills his duties, and/or award you money damages. Tenants may not withhold rent payments in order to force the landlord to fulfill his duties without the permission of the court.
If your rental agreement was prepared by your landlord, the law provides that in the event of a dispute between you and the landlord, any unclear terms or conditions should be interpreted in your favor.
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.
Additional Landlord Tenant Law Articles
- Your Duties As A Tenant
- Your Rights As A Landlord
- Your Duties As A Landlord
- Late Fees
- Who Owns What?