The beauty of renting an apartment is that you're not responsible for the maintenance or upkeep of the property — your landlord is. For example, if a pipe should break in your apartment and causes water damage, you're not responsible for calling, or paying the plumbing company that will fix it. As the property owner, your landlord should take care of his for you immediately. There are several other responsibilities your landlord is accountable for. However, most renters aren't sure what they are. Just in case you weren't sure what the landlord is responsible for, here's a list of what you're land lord is, by law, obligated to do for you as a paying renter:
Landlords Must Fix Major Problems
Nolo.com reports that your landlord must keep the structure of the building sound, including stairways, floors, and roofs. Additionally, he must keep electrical, heating, and plumbing systems operating safely, supply hot and cold water in reasonable amounts, and exterminate.
But, if your lack of cleanliness caused your apartment problems — such as a vermin infestation caused by your poor housekeeping — the repair bill will properly be forwarded to you.
Landlords May Have to Make Minor Repairs
Leaky faucets or pest problems are one thing, but purely cosmetic repairs are another, and not legally required. Mildewed grout or worn carpet, for example, are less likely to require a landlord's attention than loose tiles that make the shower unusable or holes in carpeting that could trip someone, according to Nolo.com.Here are some responsibilities that your landlord must provide when you move into your apartment and when you move out, according to Rentlaw.com:
If you're not receiving any of these services, or you feel as if your landlord is forcing you out, you should know your renters' rights and can fight back. You can report your landlord to your local housing authority to have them investigated. If you need to get a lawyer involved, visit Military.com's benefits channel to find legal resources.
I love Tricare – I think it is great insurance. However, there are times when Tricare doesn’t cover all your costs, expecially if you are a retiree or using Tricare Standard. As a result, several companies and organizations offer Tricare supplemental insurance policies. A Tricare supplemental insurance policy covers some or all of the [...]