landlord 2As a tenant, you need to protect yourself. One of the first things to do is familiarize yourself with rental laws in your particular area; be informed about what your rights are as a tenant, what your landlord is responsible for, and your landlord’s rights as well.

While this is often easier said than done, you do not have to be intimidated by your landlord. In essence, he or she is your employee — you pay them. If you are not breaking the clauses in the lease or abusing the property, if you are holding up your end of the agreement between the two of you.

Take pictures of everything wrong with the space when you move in. Check the heat, check the water pressure, check the water temperatures, and keep a written account of every time you talk to your landlord about these things. Always try to talk with a witness present. If you feel your needs are not being met, do not be afraid to call your local codes inspector to have someone come out and take a look.

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