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How your landlord can violate your lease agreement

Much of the country’s population rents or leases property rather than purchasing a home, and if you are a tenant or lessee, you have clearly defined legal rights and obligations. Your lease is a legally binding contract, and both you and your landlord should adhere to its stipulations.

Your landlord can evict you for a lease violation, but you could have legal remedies if the property owner violates the lease as well.

The home is unlivable or dangerous

Landlord-tenant law requires that landlords maintain their properties so they are safe and livable. For example, your landlord should immediately call an exterminator if you find a pest infestation. The property owner also needs to repair any appliance or dangerous situations, such as broken steps or a leaky roof, that you find. You should be able to live on the property comfortably without fear for your safety.

The landlord keeps your security deposit

Your lease agreement covers your stay in the home and extends until both parties meet the lease terms. Therefore, if you leave the home in the condition the lease required and do not violate the lease, your landlord should return your security deposit. A violation occurs if the landlord does not return it.

An inspection occurs without prior notice

Both parties should do their best to avoid landlord-tenant disputes. For example, the property owner has a legal right to inspect your home to ensure it is not damaged or that repairs are not needed. However, your landlord should inform you in writing 24 hours in advance of any inspection.

Learn about your tenant rights and landlord violations, so you can assert them and recover your losses if a violation occurs.