Last time, we looked briefly at some of the troubles student-tenants can face with rental housing. As we noted, these problems are often made worse because of opportunistic landlords who take advantage of their young tenants’ ignorance. The reality is that tenants, whether they are students or not, need to understand their rights as renters, or their landlords will have an easier time taking advantage of them.
When it comes to landlord-tenant problems, some tenants are more at risk than others. This includes low-income tenants, disabled and elderly tenants, and also student tenants. According to a recent article, University of North Carolina students living in the Chapel Hill neighborhood are particularly prone to encountering rental issues, including burglary, gas and water leaks, out-of-repair flooring, vermin infestations, unjustified loss of security deposits, and other issues.
Renting property can be a lucrative business, but it does involve certain costs and legal duties and comes with certain risks. One of the duties landlords owe to tenants is to keep the rental property in a habitable condition. This means performing ongoing upkeep and maintenance work, and addressing property-related disasters when they occur.
One of the important issues businesses need to carefully consider when negotiating a commercial lease is the terms related to default and remedies available to the landlord in the event of default. Landlords can naturally be expected to demand terms which favor an aggressive right to terminate the lease, so businesses negotiating commercial leases have a need to advocate for their own rights and interests.
Previously, we began discussing the topic of commercial lease negotiation, and the importance of working with an experienced attorney. As we noted last time, tenants can always benefit from working with a skilled attorney who is able to help them overcome disadvantages in the bargaining process and ensure their interests are advocated.
Running a successful business depends on successful navigation of a number of issues, and one of them is commercial leasing. For any business, and especially for businesses that are just starting up, negotiating commercial leasing can be daunting. In any commercial lease negotiation, it is critical to work with an experienced attorney to ensure one has advice and advocacy throughout the process.
You've been living in your same apartment for quite some time. You do your best to pay your rent on time and adhere to the various rules and regulations contained within your contract. Just when you thought everything was going well, you open your mailbox and find an eviction notice. There was no warning, and no apparent reason - just a signed letter from your landlord telling you to move out within 30 days.
Last time, we began looking at the how tenants can potentially address mold problems under the warranty of habitability. As we noted, the warranty of habitability requires landlords to maintain leased property in safe and livable condition, and tenants are able to enforce the warranty in court as long as they aren’t personally responsible for the mold damage through their own negligence.
Mold can be a problem in any property where water leaks occur, whether from piping or from the elements. Mold damage not only can negatively impact the integrity of a property, but it can also cause health problems for residents, causing allergic reactions, mycotoxin poisoning, and fungal infections. There are certain steps residents can take to address mold problems, but when mold problems are extensive and deep, it may not be possible to address the problems on their own.
Some landlords operate on oral leases or agreements with their tenants. While there is technically nothing illegal or "wrong" about this, you should be aware of the risks associated with it. As a landlord, having a written contract is very important if a dispute arises between you and a tenant. Here are some of the major reasons a written agreement helps to settle disputes: