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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

and

the

tenant,

provides

the

best

protection

for

both

parties.

The

actions

of

a

landlord

are

controlled

by

the

terms

of

the

lease

and

applicab federal,

state,

and

local

law.

There

are

a

variety of books and websites that describe in general terms the advantages and disadvantages of

becoming

a

landlord.

You

might

alswish

to

consult

with

an

attorney

or

real

estate

agent,

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:

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;

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