As a renter you can sometimes feel powerless. It can feel like the landlords hold all the cards, and you’re unable to do anything about it. Well, here’s some good news, you have rights as a renter. The key is knowing your rights so that you can exercise them. No more getting pushed around by your landlord. In this new Q & A by Moishe’s moving we’ll look at what rights renters have.
Q: When can my landlord enter my apartment?
A: Landlords can only enter a rental property under the following circumstances:
- To make needed repairs (or in some states, to see if repairs are needed).
- To show the place to potential tenants.
- Your landlord can enter your apartment in cases of emergency.
Q: What kinds of discrimination am I protected from when renting an apartment?
A: Landlords are prohibited from selecting tenants based on any of the following characteristics:
- Ethnic background
- Familial status
- A mental or physical disability
Q: What am I responsible for if I’m renting with a roommate?
A: The landlord won’t want to get multiple checks for the rent so, even though you may be splitting the rental cost with your roommate(s) you’ll be expected to send your monthly payment in one check. Be aware that if a roommate fails to pay their share of the rent the other roommate(s) is/are responsible for paying the full amount of rent. Just be aware that there can be consequences for you if your roommate(s) doesn’t/don’t follow the rules.
Remember to review your lease multiple times before signing it, and always get everything in writing. Hopefully you now have a better grasp on what your rights as a renter are. If you have any further questions about renter’s rights or any moving related questions please leave us a comment.