What rights and responsibilities do I have as a tenant?
As a tenant, you have the following rights:
- Quiet enjoyment: The right to live in your rental unit peacefully without interference from your landlord.
- Habitable living conditions: The right to live in a rental unit that is fit for human habitation, with working plumbing, heating, electricity, and other essential services.
- Protection from retaliation: The right to be free from retaliation from your landlord for exercising your rights as a tenant.
- Privacy: The right to privacy in your rental unit, and the right to have your landlord respect your privacy by giving proper notice before entering your unit.
As a tenant, you also have the following responsibilities:
- Pay rent on time: You are responsible for paying rent on time, as outlined in your lease agreement.
- Keep the rental unit clean and well-maintained: You are responsible for keeping your rental unit in a clean and orderly condition, and for repairing or paying for any damages that you cause.
- Follow building and housing codes: You are responsible for following building and housing codes, including health and safety regulations.
- Not engage in illegal activities: You are responsible for not engaging in illegal activities on the rental property.
- Provide proper notice before vacating: You are responsible for providing proper notice to your landlord before vacating the rental unit.
Note: The rights and responsibilities of tenants vary by jurisdiction, so be sure to consult your local laws for more information.