Property owners, you might want to read this.
If you're renting out your property to one or more people, there are legalities in place to protect them from inappropriate actions from a landlord. These are known as renter's rights.
If you're new to renting out your property, this may be a foreign concept to you, but one that you have to familiarize yourself with in order to stay out of trouble.
In this article, we're going to talk about tenants rights and how to uphold them as a landlord. They should seem obvious, but owning a property is a large responsibility and it can be difficult to keep up.
Let's talk landlord-tenant law.
First Renter's Rights
The first thing you should know is how you're allowed to decide who to rent to. Obviously, you can't deny an applicant based on religion, race, sex, age, national origin, family status, or mental disability.
You can, however, request a credit report to ensure that your candidate will be financially responsible. If they fail the credit check, then you are allowed to deny them tenancy, but you have to tell them the reason(s) which they are denied and provide them with the credit data that informed your decision if they request it.
Make It Liveable
Another important tenant right that you'll need to be aware of is the importance of comfort of living in your property. The home must be safe and devoid of dangerous conditions. There must be useable heat, utilities, and water.
If any of these things need repairing, you're required to either pay for a professional to make the repairs or repair them yourself, as long as they're to the tenant's standards.
If you're entering the property yourself, you must also provide the tenant with a certain amount of notice, the length of which is dependent on state law.
If Things Go Sideways
You're allowed to evict a tenant in the event of a few different scenarios, all of which must breach the lease that you both signed.
If your tenant fails to pay you rent, then they are violating one of the main terms of the lease and tenant law won't protect them.
Similarly, if you've decided that you don't want animals on your property and your tenant has one, then that too is a breach of the terms of the least.
Any crimes that are committed by the tenant on your property are grounds for eviction as well.
If any of these things happen, you should provide your tenant with a written claim of eviction. This gives them time to pay back the unpaid rent or fix any damage to the house relating to crimes or animals that have been living there. If they refuse, you can then file your eviction proceeding in court.
Be Attentive and Stand Your Ground
To be a good landlord, you should be understanding and helpful, but firm. There's no reason that you should tolerate any delinquent behavior on behalf of your tenants, but you should fix problems when they arise and be slightly lenient when it comes to payments and pets.
The more cordial that you keep your landlord-tenant relationship, the least likely that your tenant will enforce renter's rights law upon you. Communication and mutual respect are key.