Landlord rights are rights specified for the owner of a property, by law. The law gives the landlord an equal share of rights and responsibilities, which, if he or she adheres to them, provide the landlord with security from lawsuits or problems concerning the law. Here are a few FAQs that will help clarify these points:
Landlord rights have two categories, depending on the status of the property
Before the property is rented out:
Can the landlord advertise the property?
Yes, putting out an advertisement to inform people that the unit will be available for rent is within landlord rights.
Can a landlord screen tenants?
The screening of potential tenants is allowed
Must the landlord rent the property to the first potential tenant?
No, the landlord has the right to choose the one best suited to his or her requirements
Can the landlord decide the lease?
Yes, determining what points to include in the lease or rental contract is within rights
Can he or she collect rent and security deposit?
Landlord rights after the unit is rented out:
Can she collect rent?
Can she enter the property?
Yes, in case of an emergency or for repairs
Can she change the rules?
Can she evict the tenant?
Yes, if he or she is disruptive, carries on criminal activities, refuses to pay the rent or fails to comply with the lease agreement
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