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  • Tenant Walk-Throughs - Tenant Walk-Throughs Law Resources - LawInfo
    landlord can make a complete assessment of problems that may need attention using a checklist he or she can refer to the later when determining which damages to deduct from the security deposit What To Check for in a Walk through Walk throughs are usually conducted soon after the tenant moves in and sometimes again before the tenant moves out Often the landlord will have a checklist of areas and items to be inspected All problems should be noted The tenant may want to take the time to be thorough and check for things like dripping faucets uneven floorboards lights that do not work cracks in the plaster or paint cracked or broken windows leaks water stains toilets don t flush or toilets that run water pressure signs of bugs mice other pests mold Also look for and test the smoke detectors intercom system security system and electrical outlets The tenant may want to take photos problem areas Submit the Checklist for Landlord Review and Signature When the walk through is completed the tenant can submit the checklist to the landlord and ask that he or she sign it or the tenant may want to send a copy to the landlord by certified mail Each person should keep a copy of the list Shortly before or after the tenant moves out he or she may want to do another walk through this time comparing conditions with items listed on the previous checklist and noting changes in the condition Share this information Search LawInfo s Tenant Walk Throughs Resources Still have questions Contact experienced Tenant Walk Throughs Attorneys on LawInfo com or learn more about Landlord Rights and Duties Find an Attorney in Your Area Legal Issue e g Personal Injury Location Area Code OR City State Advanced Search Options Popular

    Original URL path: http://www.lawinfo.com/tenant-hoarders.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Tenants Committing Crimes - Tenants Committing Crimes Law Resources - LawInfo
    commits the crime of domestic violence against a co tenant the landlord can terminate the rental agreement of the abusive tenant Threat and danger posed to other tenants and neighbors when the tenant s crimes attract criminals or a dodgy element to the building and neighborhood Landlord Must Take Steps to Protect Tenants A landlord s liability often depends on whether he or she had knowledge of the criminal activity or should have had knowledge and failed to protect the tenants To avoid liability the landlord should Ensure that all safety and security code requirements are met if not surpassed by installing strong locks cameras good lighting intercom systems and security alarms where feasible Regularly inspect the property for broken windows and lights unlocked doors and nonfunctioning alarms and intercom systems and make repairs immediately Keep an eye out for suspicious persons or activities and report observations to the police Post safety notices in common areas informing tenants of dangers and listing emergency contact information Encourage tenants to notify the landlord of suspicious persons or activities and follow up on all reports A landlord must quickly act to remove the lawbreaking tenant from the premises A landlord should report all criminal activity to the police and participate with the investigation Also the landlord should notify the other tenants of the dangers present Failing to take proper steps to remove the criminal threat and protect the tenants a landlord may be faced with tenants revoking their rental agreements and moving out The landlord may be sued and have to pay the costs of the tenants moving Also the landlord could face criminal charges for allowing the criminal activity to continue Share this information Search LawInfo s Tenants Committing Crimes Resources Still have questions Contact experienced Tenants Committing Crimes Attorneys on LawInfo

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  • Cockroaches and Other Pests - Cockroaches and Other Pests Law Resources - LawInfo
    like leaving food out and open or failing to properly and promptly dispose of garbage But even where a tenant is the blame the landlord can be liable if the infestation spreads to the apartments of other tenants Tenants have a right to enjoy a clean safe space Having bedbugs roaches or mice can interfere with that enjoyment A landlord may want to include a clause in the rental agreement or posts notices in common areas instructing tenants on how to avoid pests by safely storing food disposing of garbage and keeping their pets bug free Tenant Options Before signing a rental agreement a tenant should consider asking the landlord about pests and whether the landlord regularly exterminates A tenant can attempt to negotiate with the landlord to include in the lease a clause about pest control stating which party is responsible and what actions can be taken to maintain a pest free environment If the pest problem arises after the tenant occupies the unit the tenant should review the lease to see if pest control is addressed If it is not then the tenant should document the problem by taking photos and notes on the kinds of pests and damage they cause The tenant can notify the landlord of the problem and allow a reasonable period during which the landlord may correct the problem If the landlord does not respond the tenant can hire a pest control service and deduct the costs from the monthly rent The tenant can keep all records and receipts and submit copies to the landlord in support of his or her actions If the problem persists or worsens a tenant may have cause to vacate the premises without liability citing the unsafe and unhealthy conditions Also a tenant may be able to sue the

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  • Exposed Wires - Exposed Wires Law Resources - LawInfo
    tenant should notify the landlord of the wiring problem as soon as possible and allow the landlord time to make repairs If the landlord does not respond or properly fix the problem the tenant has several options Hire an electrician to repair the wiring and deduct the costs from the next month s rent payment Report the faulty wiring which may be a code violation to the state or local housing safely office Withhold rent until the repairs are made Move out of the premises before the lease has expired Sue the landlord for loss of and damages to personal property as a result of the problem not being fixed For the tenant to lawfully withhold rent the defect must be serious and demand immediate attention Share this information Search LawInfo s Exposed Wires Resources Still have questions Contact experienced Exposed Wires Attorneys on LawInfo com or learn more about Landlord Tenant Disputes Find an Attorney in Your Area Legal Issue e g Personal Injury Location Area Code OR City State Advanced Search Options Popular Searches Eviction and Unlawful Detainer Rental Agreements Tenant Rights Advertisements Find An Attorney By Practice Area By Location By Name Resources Hot Legal Issues Legal

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  • Failure to Disclose Defects - Failure to Disclose Defects Law Resources - LawInfo
    the defect If after the tenant signs the lease moves into the premises and discovers a defect he or she can notify the landlord and the landlord may voluntarily make repairs If the landlord fails to remedy the problem the tenant can Claim constructive eviction in that the defect severely limits his or her right to enjoyment of the premises or it poses a threat to health or safety and move out Pursue the landlord for moving costs damages to personal property or damages for physical harm suffered A standard of review that courts have applied is whether the landlord had knowledge of the defect or would have known of the defect upon reasonable inspection A defect that poses a foreseeable danger of bodily injury imposes a greater duty on the landlord to make disclosure and correct the problem Share this information Search LawInfo s Failure to Disclose Defects Resources Still have questions Contact experienced Failure to Disclose Defects Attorneys on LawInfo com or learn more about Landlord Tenant Disputes Find an Attorney in Your Area Legal Issue e g Personal Injury Location Area Code OR City State Advanced Search Options Popular Searches Eviction and Unlawful Detainer Rental Agreements Tenant

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  • Failure to Maintain Clean Apartment - Failure to Maintain Clean Apartment Law Resources - LawInfo
    trash bins A tenant s failure to keep the premises clean can be cause for eviction Clean and sanitary conditions are not just a matter of personal preference or habit Unclean premises can attract pest like mice ants cockroaches and more Such infestations can quickly spread to every part of a building not just one tenant s unit Also pests can cause physical damage to the building Filthy Apartment Cause for Eviction When an apartment is filthy enough to attract pests and impact other tenants the landlord may have the right to evict The landlord has an obligation to maintain the entire building to a standard where all the tenants can enjoy the premises and feel safe from hazards In fulfilling that obligation Also the landlord can deduct the cost of having to clean an excessively dirty unit from the tenant s security deposit Share this information Search LawInfo s Failure to Maintain Clean Apartment Resources Still have questions Contact experienced Failure to Maintain Clean Apartment Attorneys on LawInfo com or learn more about Landlord Tenant Disputes Find an Attorney in Your Area Legal Issue e g Personal Injury Location Area Code OR City State Advanced Search Options Popular Searches

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  • Failure to Pay Rent - Failure to Pay Rent Law Resources - LawInfo
    or up to 30 days Tenant Offers Partial Payment of the Rent If the tenant offers a partial payment of the rent owed the landlord can accept the partial payment but still pursue the tenant for the balance If the tenant does not respond to the notice or fails to bring the rent current the landlord can proceed with an action to evict the tenant by filing a complaint with the court In cases where the delinquent tenant has moved out of the premises the landlord may be able to apply the security deposit to the back rent owed A landlord may also be entitled to the remainder of the back rent owed and for the unpaid months remaining on the lease To mitigate damages however the landlord is expected to make the effort to find a new tenant as soon as possible Before being granted a judgment in the suit for eviction the landlord cannot lawfully enter the tenant s unit lock out the tenant or dispose of the tenant s possessions without the tenant s knowledge and consent Circumstances when a Tenant Can Lawfully Withhold Rent A tenant may have lawful reasons for not paying the rent and in such cases the landlord cannot legally evict the tenant A tenant can rightfully withhold paying the rent when Landlord failed to make repairs legally required or promised Condition of the unit violates the warranty of habitability Landlord failed to make mandatory disclosure concerning defects such as the presence of lead paint asbestos bedbugs and other defects Unsafe or hazardous conditions of the premises result in constructive eviction entitling the tenant to vacate the premises without liability for the rent Share this information Search LawInfo s Failure to Pay Rent Resources Still have questions Contact experienced Failure to Pay Rent

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  • Leaking Roofs - Leaking Roofs Law Resources - LawInfo
    fixing or replacing the roof But if water snow or other elements are pouring into the premises through a leaking roof the landlord may be required to make repairs immediately A tenant should inform the landlord of the problem as soon as he or she becomes aware of it and not wait until the rainy season when the problem is more apparent and the situation more extreme The tenant also may want to notify the government offices that enforce building codes and safety requirements Those offices may bring pressure on the landlord to more quickly repair the leaks so that code violations fines and penalties can be avoided Other options for the tenant include Withholding rent until repairs are made Moving out of the premises without liability for rent owed Share this information Search LawInfo s Leaking Roofs Resources Still have questions Contact experienced Leaking Roofs Attorneys on LawInfo com or learn more about Landlord Tenant Disputes Find an Attorney in Your Area Legal Issue e g Personal Injury Location Area Code OR City State Advanced Search Options Popular Searches Eviction and Unlawful Detainer Rental Agreements Tenant Rights Advertisements Find An Attorney By Practice Area By Location By Name Resources

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