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Landlord-Tenant LawAmber JohnsonKristi HarringtonLEG 10011/27/18
A landlord is responsible for providing a “habitable” unit for their tenant. The unit must be fit to live in, be free from hazards or defects and up to date with all the state and local buildinghealth codes. Some things that would consider not livable conditions are: no working plumbing, electric, gas. Also, broken windows, cracked walls or ceilings, unclean buildings and, outside thebuilding unsanitary and unsafe. A main obligation a landlord has, is to keep up property maintenance. One of the most basic requirements is to make sure tenants always have access to running water. Landlords must also maintain common areas and, keep up with repairs. If a landlord expects their tenant to pay their rent on time and keep up with their place just as it was when they first moved in then, the landlord should hold up to their responsibilities. After all a landlord’s tenants are their customers and, the landlords have quite a bit at stake when entering into rental contracts, most states work to protect their investments. Landlords have many rights. According to “Your Rights and Responsibilities As a Residential Landlord” the landlord has the right to choose who will live in their rental properties; set lease terms (such as the amount of rent, pet policy, and number of occupants allowed per rental unit); furnish rental units as they like; and evict tenants who cause problems (such as damaging rental property or not paying rent).Depending on the state, landlords are required to comply with fair housing laws, which prohibit housing discrimination on race or gender. They also are to comply to rent rules that cover late rent fees, and forms for terminating a tenant for nonpayment of rent. A tenant is responsible for ensuring their property stays sanitary, clean and in good repair.If there is something major that needs to be repaired, the tenant is responsible to let the landlord know, in order to get it repaired. A landlord is generally not responsible for making any repairs caused by the tenant’s own carelessness. If the tenant notices something damaged and does not report it to the landlord, the tenant could possibly be held responsible. In many states the tenant
is held responsible for; trash clean up, buying and fixing most light fixtures and, damages the tenant’s pet has caused. The main responsibility a tenant has is to pay their rent. Failure to do so

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