Oral Rental Agreements

Oral Rental Agreements Are Binding Usually tenants and landlords are bound by an oral rental agreement. The “statute of frauds” requires rental agreements for more than a certain length of time (normally one year) to be in writing. Most states still allow the Common Law month-to-month rental agreement to be either oral or written. Both are to Read more…

Can Landlord Increase My Security Deposit? Q&A

Q. I have lived in the same apartment complex for over two years. When I first rented the apartment I paid a $650 security deposit, which was equal to my monthly rent. I have been a good tenant, have not damaged my apartment nor have I brought in to my residence any pets. A few days Read more…

Getting Back Your Security Deposit

A “security deposit” is an amount of money the tenant gives to the landlord when the tenancy begins. What the security deposit actually covers depends on what the agreement specifically states it covers. So make sure the rental agreement specifically states what it covers. For example a security deposit clause may state it can be used to Read more…

I Rent A Room In A Owner–Occupied Home. I Am Being Discriminated Against Because Of My Religion. What Can I Do? Q&A

Q.  I am renting out a room in a single-family residence. The owner lives there as well with her two children. There are no other boarders. The other day, I shared with the owner that I am a practicing Muslim. The owner’s reaction was mostly non-verbal to what I had shared with her, but I Read more…

Toxic Mold Injuries – Landlord Liability

A landlord is under a legal duty to keep and maintain the tenant’s property in a safe condition – including damage to one’s property and health caused by flooding  The damage suffered from exposure to toxic mold can be costly in human suffering and for the owner of the property, it can mean facing serious legal Read more…

Apartment Safety From Criminal Acts – Duty of Landlord

  Q.  I am very concerned about my safety and that of my mother. We live on a ground floor apartment and the other night there was a man on my patio trying get access to my apartment.  I called the cops but they didn’t get him. Do I have any legal reason to be given a top floor apartment or Read more…