1. Maintaining Livable Conditions
Your landlord must maintain your rental property in a habitable condition and provide essential services. This includes:
- Air conditioning
- Running water
- A functioning door lock
2. Money, Money, Money
- Your landlord must give you 60 days written notice before increasing rent on month-to-month tenancies.
- Late fees can’t be more than 5% of your periodic rent.
- Your security deposit can’t be more than three times your rent.
- Your security deposit can only be used for unpaid rent, cleaning, and repairs beyond reasonable wear and tear at the end of your lease.
- Any agreement that you make with your landlord should be put in writing (e.g., if your landlord accepts a partial payment of rent, write your understanding of that agreement).
3. Landlord’s Right to Enter
- A landlord can’t abuse the right to enter the property or use that right to harass you.
- Unless there is an emergency, your landlord must give you 24 hours’ notice before entering the rental property.
4. You and Your Lease
- A landlord may not make one-sided changes to the terms in your rental agreement.
- After you move in, your landlord may only enforce new rules if the new rule applies to all tenants on the premises in a fair way and if it promotes convenience and safety.
- Your lease cannot waive rights given to you by law.
5. You Should Know . . .
- It is illegal for your landlord to use “self-help evictions.” They can’t make your living situation unbearable in order to push you off the property or change the locks without court involvement.
- A landlord must let you know about any foreclosure proceedings related to the rental property.
- Your landlord cannot discriminate against you for race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, familial status, or sex.
For more information, visit www.civillawselfhelpcenter.org
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