There are times when tenants often have no idea what rights they have, even if they have a good Property Manager MA. The following tips should be an eyeopener on the rights they are entitled to.
Thanks in part to laws such as The Fair Housing Act; it is illegal to deny housing to a tenant on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, disability, family status, or national origin.
A renter has the right to have a rental unit which is habitable and complies with housing and health codes. This means that the landlord has to ensure that his tenant has a unit which is structurally safe, sanitary, weatherproofed, and includes adequate water, electricity, and heat.
There is a limit to how much a landlord can charge for security deposits. There are many states which have limited the amount, so you would have to check and see if your state is in the list.
If your property manager MA/Landlord does not make necessary repairs or perform maintenance work in a timely fashion, then you know it’s illegal. If the landlord is unable to do that, then he can add a provision in the lease which states that the tenant can order repairs and deduct the cost from the rent.
The landlord has to give the tenant enough notice before entering the premises (At least 24 hours). He can only enter your premises to make repairs or if there is an emergency.
If there are any Illegal provisions in a rental agreement they are usually not enforceable in court, as they will go against state law.
The tenant has the right to break the lease, if a landlord has violated important terms related to health, safety, or necessary repairs.
In most states, landlords are required to search for new tenants as soon as possible if the current tenant wants to break a long-term lease. There is no provision which allows the landlord to charge the tenant for the full duration of the lease.
The landlord may not use a security deposit for deducting “normal wear and tear”. In fact some states require landlords to give itemized reports of deductions.
According to the law in most states, landlords have to return the refundable portions of security deposits within 2 to 4 weeks after the tenant has vacated the premises (even if the tenant has been evicted).
Landlords are not allowed to legally seize a tenant’s property for nonpayment of rent or any other reason. The only exception is made when it is a case abandonment as defined by law.
A landlord will have broken the law if he changes the locks, shuts off (your utilities, or evicts you without notice. All evictions require a court order.
A landlord can be sued if he makes life so miserable for you that it forces you to move. This is considered as “constructive eviction,”.
In many states, it’s illegal for a lease to stipulate that the tenant is responsible for the landlord/property manager MA’s attorney fees in case of a court dispute.