What You Need to Know About Tenant Rights

Rental properties are a great choice for anyone who wants to live in a home on a budget. The property owner takes responsibility for much of the costs, including taxes and major repairs. What seems like a dream deal can turn sour, however, if you don’t understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

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Know What Can’t Be On A Lease

In most cases, a lease is a binding contract. Depending on your local legislation, there are some rights your landlord can’t override even if they write them out of your lease. Here are two examples of inalienable rights you would have as a renter in Colorado:

• Your right to at least three days’ notice before a landlord begins an eviction proceeding

• The return of your security deposit – minus allowable deductions – within 60 days of the end of your lease

Even if you and your landlord both agree to nullify these rights in your lease, it would not be considered legal. For more information on what else you should look for, read our two-part series on signs of a good lease.

Know When Exceptions Can Be Made

As a tenant, you are responsible for following the conditions of your lease. If you break any of those conditions, your landlord has the right to start eviction proceedings. However, there are also some exceptional cases where you can break your lease without penalty. To know if you qualify, you will have to do research on your personal situation in your specific region. Two pieces of legislation that might relate to Colorado renters include the Colorado Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence Act (CRS 38-12-402 (2)(a)(b)) and the Federal Service Members Civil Relief Act (50 USC App. SS 501 et seq.). If you find yourself in any situation where extreme circumstances might cause you to break your lease, make sure to get professional legal advice.

Renting a home can be a wonderful opportunity, but before you sign that lease you should understand all of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Research local legislation to know if your lease is legal and understand the possible consequences if you break it. It is important to note that his article is not meant to be legal advice. If you have any questions about the legality of your lease, you should contact a lawyer.

If you’re ready to find a rental home with a reputable, respectful business, call Middel Realty today! We want to help you find the perfect property for you and we are committed to keeping you happy. If you ever need assistance – no matter the time of day – there will be a Middel Realty employee ready to help. Browse our rental listings now!