Who Owns What?

Tenants should be aware that unless they have an agreement with their landlord saying otherwise, any improvement the tenant makes to the rental property may become a part of the real estate, thus belonging to the landlord at the end of the rental term. Tenants should be aware of this before they install or affix anything to the real estate such as carpeting, bathroom fixtures, light fixtures, shutters, shrubs, etc.

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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