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Rights and Duties of Landlords’, Linda Goldstein

 

What are a landlord's rights?

What are a landlord’s rights?

What about the condition of the property to be rented?

What about the condition of the property to be rented?

What about compliance with health, building and safety codes?

What about compliance with health, building and safety codes?

What are a landlord's duties?

What are a landlord’s duties?

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RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF LANDLORDS OVERVIEW

 

What are a landlord’s rights?

An obvious right as a landlord is to receive rent for the use of the property. Another important right is to have property returned undamaged at the end of the agreement. It should be returned in the same condition in which it was received, except for ordinary wear and tear.

What about the condition of the property to be rented?

The dwelling must have working plumbing, hot water and heating. It must be structurally sound and have reasonable security, including working and locking doors and windows. Additionally, it must be free of pests.

What about compliance with health, building and safety codes?

The landlord must comply with local codes. Additionally, if repairs must be made to make the dwelling fit, the landlord must pay.

What are a landlord’s duties?

The landlord’s obligations can be limited sometimes under the lease but generally landlords have a duty to:

  • Provide a home that is safe and meets housing code requirements.
  • Make reasonable repairs when necessary.
  • Respect the tenant’s rights, including the right of peaceful possession.
  • Not enter the home frequently, at odd hours or without notice.