Is My Landlord Required to Paint the Interior?

In most jurisdictions except for maybe a few local ordinances, landlords are not required to repaint the unit between tenants or even after several tenancies have passed. In fact, only New York City has the reputation for requiring a unit in a multi-unit dwelling of three or more units to be repainted once every three […]

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Tenant Options after Losing an Eviction Lawsuit

If the court rules against you and allows the landlord to regain physical possession of the property, you’ll have three options to choose from to put this part of your life to rest… Three Options for a Tenant after Losing an Eviction Case: Move Out Just because you lost your case doesn’t mean you shouldn’t […]

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How to Defend Against an Eviction

Once you receive the notice to vacate your residence and even before you receive the notice from the constable for your court hearing, you should seriously consider whether you have any defenses available to the eviction suit. As mentioned, in a nonpayment of rent eviction case, the only way to redeem yourself is to pay […]

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Domestic Violence Protections for Tenants

It’s unfortunate, but this is a topic that needs to be addressed despite that many states still do not offer special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Being bound by the terms of a lease agreement can make a traumatic situation even more difficult to manage. Because many state laws are ever-changing, […]

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Can My Rent be Increased?

Every year, the cost of living index goes up – so why not your rent? Well, it sometimes will upon the renewing of your lease. Annual lease agreements are seldom written with rent increases built in – so once you enter into a lease, you’re protected for 12 months or whatever the term may be. […]

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Tenant Responsibilities as a Pet Owner

For most of you who are responsible adults and great pet parents, this is a given. But don’t be surprised – there are many tenants who not only neglect their pets, but disrespect their rental and those of their neighbors – which has only compounded many landlords’ paranoia. Unless your pet is properly trained, you […]

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Need Something Fixed? Submit it in Writing

First of all, talking with your landlord is often the best way to address any type of problem – but if you’ve been unsuccessful in the past and/or feel reluctant to do so now, then your best bet is to document your request in writing and deliver it to the landlord (and always be sure […]

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Paying Your Rent: Why Cash is not King

Will that be cash, check or charge? Actually, that should be check. It’s the easiest and best way to document that your rent has been paid and lenders prefer this form of documentation should you ever apply for a mortgage in the future (12 months of canceled rent checks is the norm, especially if you […]

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