What are the responsibilities of a landlord?
If you are a landlord, you are responsiblerfkeeping the unit in a safe and habitable
condition, making repairs, selecting tenants, and collecting rent from tenants. Once a property is
leased, the tenant has the right to use, occupy and enjoy the premises in accordance with the
lease or rental agreement. A written lease, which clearly sets out the duties of both the landlord
variety of books and websites that describe in general terms the advantages and disadvantages of
experienced in managing rental property, fohelp in selecting a lease and understanding the
rights and responsibilities of a landlord.
What is the difference between a tenant and a boarder?
Your legal rights depend on whether you are tenant or boarder. A tenant is one who
pays rent for the exclusive right to use the pre ises, usually for a defin d period. A boarder is
one who pays a fee for the right to use a room nd receive services, generally for a short period
of time. To determine if you are a tenant or boarder the court will look at:
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Whether the room is the only residence you have; Whether you are residing there temporarily or for a long period of time; How often you pay rent: if you pay daily, you are likely a guest or boarder;
Whether services such as linen service, switchboard service and maid service are provided;
Whether you own the furnishings in the room; Whether the amount you pay includes tax; and
Whether the person you pay has a business license.
Does the written agreement refer to itself as a lease and to payments as rent;
The length of time you have lived at the residence;