What Are The Obligations Of My Landlord?

Your landlord must keep all common areas used by more than one tenant safe and clean, except in the case of a single family residence. Your landlord must also make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the tenant's dwelling unit and premises in a fit and habitable condition. He or she must also maintain all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air­conditioning and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be supplied in good and safe working order and condition. Except in the case of one or two family residences or where provided by a governmental entity, your landlord must provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste incidental to the occupancy of the dwelling unit and arrange for the frequent removal of the waste. Your landlord also must supply running water and reasonable amounts of hot water at all times and reasonable heat except in the case of a single­family residence or where the service is supplied by direct and independently­metered utility connections.

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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