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Unformatted text preview: Advice for Idaho Renters: Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Read this handout to understand: What rights and duties do tenants and landlords have in Idaho? What do Idaho’s laws say about leases, rent increases and evictions? The Landlord - Tenant Relationship Any written agreement (lease) will govern how the landlord and tenant act during the tenancy. However, whether or not a landlord and tenant have a written agreement, they still have a contract and certain legal rights and responsibilities in Idaho. Some of the laws affecting landlord-tenant relationships are found in Idaho Code (I.C.) Sections 6-303, 6-320, 6- 321, 55-208, and 55-307. If you have questions about your rights or duties, you should look first to the written lease for the answer. If you still have questions, then contact an attorney. The advice in this handout is very general and there might be special factors in your case. If you have legal questions, contact an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, contact the Idaho Legal Aid Services office nearest you using one of the phone numbers on the back of this handout. Also, visit us on the web at: www.idaholegalaid.org Tenants’ Rights Right to possess and use the premises. Right to “quiet use and enjoyment” of the premises. For example, the landlord should control the unreasonable noise of other tenants and give the tenant reasonable notice before coming into the tenant’s space. Any other rights spelled out in the lease and under state and federal law. Landlords’ Rights Right to receive rent on time. Right to receive the return of the premises at the end of the lease terms. Any other rights spelled out in the lease and under state and federal law. Tenants’ Responsibilities A tenant must: Pay rent on time, even if repairs are needed. Keep those premises under the tenant’s control in a clean and sanitary condition. Properly dispose of garbage. Properly use appliances, electrical fixtures, and plumbing facilities. A tenant must NOT carelessly / negligently destroy or deface the premises or fixtures or let family members and other guests do so either. Landlord’s Responsibilities A landlord must: Provide waterproofing and weather protection of the premises. Maintain electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and sanitary facilities in good working condition. Maintain the premises so they are not hazardous to the tenant’s health or safety. Return any portion of the security deposit that is not used to repair damages or clean as described in the rental agreement....
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Bailey during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.
- Fall '11