Subletting Apartment
The Lease Agreement

Subletting Legal Situations

The most important thing to keep in mind about a sublet situation is that the subletting tenant has absolutely no responsibilities to you. If the rent is not paid, you must go after the original tenant. If there is damage to the property, you can only go after the original tenant to recover payment beyond […]

The Lease Agreement

Radon Gas may be in Your Rental Property

While you may have heard of radon gas before, chances are you probably don’t know much about it. Basically, radon is a radioactive gas that is released from natural deposits of uranium in the ground. It can be released in the property from a number of sources (e.g. water from a well, natural stone fireplace, […]

The Lease Agreement

Changing Lease Terms

Life changes – and so can leases…if both parties agree. What Can Be Changed In theory, anything in an existing lease can be changed as long as it does not infringe upon a tenant’s legal rights. However, practically speaking, a tenant probably won’t consent to an increase in their rent. Keep in mind that because […]

The Lease Agreement

Cotenant (Roommate) Lease and Legal Situations

Regardless of how they choose to divvy up the living quarters or maintenance responsibilities among themselves, cotenants (commonly known as roommates) have an equal responsibility to you to pay the rent and maintain the property. To be the most legally protected, your lease agreement should clearly state that each tenant is jointly and severally liable […]

The Lease Agreement

Collect a Security Deposit or Last Month’s Rent?

As a landlord, if you are expecting an applicant to come up with an application fee, the first month’s rent, a security deposit and the last month’s rent just to get the keys to their rental, you may find it difficult to attract a good number of applicants. While making sure you are paid for […]