In the United States people are entitled to be treated fairly when they are trying to rent a place to live, without regard to their race, color, national origin, sex, disability or, in some situations, family status. The federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 guarantees protections against discrimination in housing. If you have been discriminated against in your search for housing, contact an experienced real estate attorney today to discuss your rights.
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Landlord-Tenant Law Resource Links
Web site for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency in charge of fair housing issues. Includes an online version of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act).
Housing and Urban Development Rental Information
This portion of HUD's web site is devoted to rental issues including information on budgeting for an apartment, apartment searching, and renters' insurance.
This web site, from about.com, has general information on a host of rental issues from what to look for in a lease, to apartment decorating tips.
Rental Housing On Line
This site, by Rental Housing On-Line, is full of information on a variety of landlord-tenant issues, including real estate management and investment information, downloadable forms and agreements, discussion forums, tenant screening information, and state pages with summarized landlord tenant law.
State-Specific Landlord Information
This web site is devoted to landlord, and some tenant, issues divided on a state-by-state basis. Links are provided for laws, updates, and guides, among other items.
Landlord-Tenant Law - An Overview
After entering into a lease for an apartment or rental property, any number of things could go "wrong," such as a discovery that the property is unsafe for habitation, or the failure to pay rent when it is due. Sometimes real estate issues are resolved without the involvement of judges or lawyers. In other situations, the disputes and consequences surrounding the rental of property necessitates legal assistance and resolution. At those times, the help of an experienced and effective real estate lawyer, like those at Law Office of Andrew M. Romano in Yonkers, NY, becomes a key component to protecting your financial and personal rights, whether you are a landlord or tenant. If you are involved in a real estate dispute, call Law Office of Andrew M. Romano today
The Laws Surrounding Rental Transactions
When a person signs their name on a lease, they are effectively entering into a contract which binds them, and the other party, to certain obligations and affords certain rights. Even before that time, laws are in effect which limit the real estate rental process.
For example, if an individual is working with a rental services agency or real estate agent, there are laws that govern the agent/client relationship and how much compensation the agent can charge. Other laws mandate what information must be disclosed to potential tenants about a property, what limitations may be placed on a rental, and numerous other things.
Certain federal laws, such as the Fair Housing Act, bind people across the country no matter where they live. The Fair Housing Act places strict limits on the manner in which, and to whom, a landlord or owner may rent a property. Other laws affecting the obligations of a landlord to maintain a property or return a security deposit are state-specific. While different states may have similar laws, the requirements vary from state to state.
Rental Agreements and Leases: What's the Difference?
Many potential tenants do not realize that there is a legal difference between a rental agreement and a lease. In short, a rental agreement is a document that provides for a short period of tenancy (often one month). The tenancy agreement is automatically renewed at the end of the period unless the tenant or the landlord provides written notice to the other party that it will not be renewed. This is called a "month-to-month" rental. In addition to opting not to renew a rental agreement, a landlord may also change the terms of the agreement after providing notice to the tenant. This right is subject to certain limitations, such as rent control laws and potentially other laws depending upon the state in which the property is located.
A lease, on the other hand, usually binds the parties to a longer period of time, such as six months or a year. The lease is considered valid over that period as long as the tenant continues to pay rent and abides by the other requirements of the lease. Leases are generally not automatically renewed at their expiration and instead require the parties to sign a new lease or renegotiate the lease for the next term or period of time.
When Something Goes Wrong
Laws protect the rights of landlords and tenants in the event that something goes wrong. For example, if a tenant fails to pay rent when it is due or consistently has loud parties resulting in property damage, a landlord may have a right to evict the tenant and retain the security deposit. A tenant may have a right to break a lease and move from a rental property if a landlord fails to make necessary repairs or to maintain the property in a habitable condition. For the most part, the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants are determined by state law, not the federal law. For that reason, the ramifications and the remedies can be very different from state to state.
Speak to a Landlord-Tenant Lawyer
Landlords and tenants both have various legal rights and obligations when they are involved in a real estate rental. If you have questions about a real estate rental transaction in which you are involved, it is in your best interests to contact an experienced real estate lawyer at Law Office of Andrew M. Romano in Yonkers, NY, to ensure that your rights are protected and your interests maintained
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