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How Much Do You Know About Renters' Rights?

Zillow By Carey Armstrong Whether you are a renter, or perhaps you have recently become a landlord, how much do you really know about your legal rights and responsibilities? The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are more than 100 million people living in rental housing in America today, which is just less than... Continue Reading »

Landlords Can Get Tougher on Tenants Under New Law

AP MADISON, WISC. -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a Republican-sponsored bill that gives landlords more power over tenants. Walker signed the bill privately Thursday. It allows landlords to dispose of any property an evicted tenant leaves behind, immediately tow parked vehicles and toss tenants out if a crime... Continue Reading »

City Serves Woman Eviction Notice on Her 100th Birthday (Video)

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Call 911 and Risk Eviction? Case to Test Legality of Tenant Rules

Getty Images PHILADELPHIA -- A federal judge on Thursday ordered a trial to decide whether towns can force the eviction of tenants who make too many 911 calls, a national test case pitting free speech rights against community safety concerns. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno said he expects the "complex and novel"... Continue Reading »

When a Landlord Can Put Your Life in Danger

After a long and arduous apartment search in Brooklyn, Megan Isenstadt and Benjamin Sirota finally found the place of their dreams. The apartment in a cute brownstone building came with its own issues -- but so do most places in New York City. Sometimes their windows wouldn't shut all the way and wood slats in the floor... Continue Reading »

Tenants of Manhattan Complex Irate Over Mid-Lease Rent Hikes

Tenants of a New York City apartment complex are fuming after its owner raised their rents -- some by more than $1,000 a month -- in the middle of their leases, WABC-TV in New York reported. Residents of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village complex on the east side of Manhattan got the surprise rent hikes when... Continue Reading »

When You Can Force Your Landlord To Listen To You

Most renters find landlords to be a mixed blessing: great when they take care of clogged drains or leaky ceilings, abysmal when they don't. If you live in a multi-unit dwelling, your landlord will have to comply with certain regulations outlined in each state's tenants' rights code. These will include rights such as... Continue Reading »

Tenants' Rights in Eviction: When Do Landlords Go Too Far?

What can you be evicted for? The most common reasons for eviction are unpaid rent or consistently late rent payments. Illegal activity on rental property or allowing people to live in an apartment when they are not covered by the terms of a lease agreement can also get a tenant booted. But burning your dinner in the... Continue Reading »

Faye Dunaway Leaves Apartment Amid Rent Lawsuit

Never mind the fact that Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway is in a legal dispute with her New York landlord -- the real scoop is that a celebrity of her caliber was paying peanuts for a one-bedroom walk-up on the Upper East Side. The New York Times reported that the 70-year-old star, who made a name for herself in such... Continue Reading »

Tenants: Keep Your Landlord in Check

The landlord tenant relationship is a notoriously difficult one. More often than not, it's an unbalanced struggle of power. But there are measures that tenants can take to keep the peace at home. Renters shouldn't live in a place that barely passes code, but rather a place of comfort and safety lasting more than a 12... Continue Reading »

Dealing With Mold in a Rental Apartment

Mold and Other Rental Nightmares Two months after Kim Johnson moved into her new rental apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, she started to have trouble breathing. She took herself to an allergist and discovered she was highly allergic to mold. Suspicious, Johnson started examining her apartment and discovered black mold on... Continue Reading »

Be a Great Tenant, in Landlord's View

When Todd Toler, a web developer, and his wife, wanted to become homeowners, they weren't sure how to approach their landlord. However, Toler had a good relationship with his landlord and decided to let him know their situation outright. Even though they still had six more months on their lease, the landlord agreed to... Continue Reading »

Tenants' Rights When Landlord Breaks Rental Agreement

Most people would agree that having a big shade tree on their property is a good thing. One renter in Charlotte, N.C. was under that impression -- until it started growing through a wall of his apartment. His first course of action was notifying his landlord of the problem. He called the landlord, e-mailed him and sent a... Continue Reading »

Real Estate Agents Grab for Rental Listings as Sales Stagnate

I've lived in three apartments in San Francisco over the past decade. For each one, my landlord has always been a "mom and pop" team, an older married couple who bought the house or building as income property or kept it after they moved elsewhere, and decided to handle the renting and tenant management duties themselves.... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Leaseless in Nevada

Dear Apartment Guru, I live in Henderson, NV. My roommate and I acquired an apartment together -- however, my name is not on the lease. I have paid my half of rent to cover me through May and I believe my roommate may be asking me to leave before the end of the month. By law, how long do I have to vacate the premises as... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Where's the Heat?

Dear Apartment Guru, I am a college student in Boston and I live in an amazing apartment - two working fireplaces, a clawfoot bathtub - you get the idea. Our troubles started in the winter when it was time for the heat to come on. Whatever they did to alter the heat from the whole house to work in the individual... Continue Reading »

Should Landlords Act Like Parents?

How would you enjoy your landlord going parental on you by scolding and punishing you? Yep, that nightmare might arrive for unfortunate renters in Chambersburg, Pa. A new ordinance is being discussed that would hold landlords responsible for tenant's bad behavior. Yikes! Let's ignore the first assumption that rental... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: The Mooch Upstairs

Dear Apartment Guru, I am a homeowner who intended to rent out the top floor of my home. I did a lot of work myself but was unable to finish the place up. Five months ago a friend of mine who is a skilled carpenter contacted me looking for an affordable place to live. We made a deal that he would work on the place for... Continue Reading »

A Renter's Foreclosure Nightmare

Homeowners aren't the only victims of the mortgage crisis - many upstanding renters are getting caught up in foreclosure dramas, too. But without a clear idea of renters' rights, this group is getting bullied by panicked landlords and less-than-scrupulous lenders. One Tampa renter, wrongly evicted after his landlord's... Continue Reading »

How to Handle a Non-Responsive Landlord

What is my landlord's problem? Why won't the landlord return my calls? After all, s/he cashes my check every month...!If you've experienced this frustration you know how aggravating it can be when a landlord is MIA. Here is a list of escalating strategies to get your landlord's attention. Continue Reading »

When to Hire a Lawyer if You're a Renter

Most of the problems you run into as a rental tenant can be resolved by either discussing them with your landlord or reading a good self-help book. But sometimes things get so intense that you'll need a lawyer's help. Here are some of the situations that Nolo.com says may determine if you need a tenant lawyer: Continue Reading »

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