Information for Tenants and Landlords
- Security Deposits
- Your landlord can require a security deposit when you move in. Learn how much can be charged, what it can be used for, and when it must be returned.
- Written Notices from Your Landlord
- 3, 30, 60 and 90-day notices are given if you are behind on rent or the landlord wants you to move. They are also used to raise your rent.
- An Unlawful Detainer is a lawsuit to evict you. Learn what notices you must receive, who can evict you, and what happens to personal belongings you leave behind.
- Renters in Foreclosure
- If you are renting a home that has fallen into foreclosure, a new law gives you more time to move out.
- Rent Increases
- You must be given a written notice before your rent can be raised.
- How to get your landlord to make needed repairs.
- Rental Agreements and Leases
- Learn the difference between month-to-month rental agreements and leases. One offers more flexibility, the other limits how often your rent can be increased.
- Landlord Entering Your Unit
- Your landlord must respect your privacy, but can enter in certain situations.
- Late Fees
- Some landlords charge a late fee if you do not pay your rent on time. Find out when, and how much you can be charged.
- Utility Shutoffs and Illegal Lockouts
- It is illegal for your landlord to shut-off your utilities or lock you out.
- Credit Checks
- Before you rent, the landlord can check your credit history. The amount they can charge is limited.
- Holding Deposits
- When you pay a holding deposit, the landlord may take the rental unit off the market. Get a detailed receipt for any deposit you pay.
- Discrimination – Retaliation
- A landlord cannot discriminate against you when you apply for a rental. Once you move in, you cannot be evicted for complaining to a government agency or participating in a tenant’s organization.
- Rent Control
- Cities with rent control limit the amount your rent can be raised and when you can be asked to move out.