Can A Landlord Refuse To Rent To Me Based On Personal Preference?

“It’s my property, so I can rent to whomever I like.” This attitude is no longer valid, and landlords must realize that today there are legal limits on the landlord’s decisions. A landlord’s tastes may be reasonable, strict, or quirky, but they cannot be based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, or other categories that the Read more…

Should I Purchase Rental Insurance? Tenant Rights

What is rental insurance? Suppose your building burns down, or a flood, tornado, or other disaster destroys all your belongings. Many people assume that “the landlord’s insurance” will pay you for your loss. Not necessarily. The landlord’s insurance policy covers (1) his losses (i.e., the value of the building), and (2) his liability to others. Read more…

Tenant Lawyers

While many lawyers are “general practitioners”, some lawyers are specialists. A specialist in real estate or landlord-tenant law can help you resolve your dispute, either through negotiation or litigation. People often have the impression that lawyers are expensive, but this is not necessarily so. A short consultation with a lawyer who specializes in landlord-tenant law Read more…

Tenants Right To Privacy

When a landlord rents out an apartment, that premises becomes the tenant’s home, and the tenant has just as much a right to privacy in her home as the landlord does in his. But a modern apartment building must be maintained and protected, and sometimes the landlord needs access to the tenant’s apartment in order Read more…

Legal Minimum Landlords Must Do For Tenant – Housing Code Requirements

States, counties and cities have housing codes that require every landlord to provide “the basics”: hot & cold running water, a roof that doesn’t leak, safe wiring, and the like. The landlord must provide habitable premises when you move in and make repairs to these basics as they are needed. In addition, communities have health Read more…