Tenant Rights and Responsibilities


Apartment Hunting

For some people, renting a home is a financially responsible alternative to the costs and demands of home ownership. For others, it's merely a temporary arrangement during college years or while searching for a home to buy. Regardless of your circumstances, the resources spotlighted in this guide will teach you how to find a great rental and avoid the pitfalls of difficult landlords, quirky roommates, noisy neighbors and other factors that can make renting a tough adjustment.

General Tips About Searching for a Home to Rent

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Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

Knowing the facts about landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities will be important during your apartment search and while you rent a home. The following Web sites can help you start educating yourself about this issue.

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  • Beware of paid versus natural search results when you look for legal information on the Web. Particularly in the legal field, paid search results (which typically appear above and/or to the side of natural search results, and are usually noted as “sponsored” or “partners”) will likely have more advertising gimmicks than legitimate material. Consumer Reports WebWatch offers tips on improving the chances that the results you find will be credible.

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Finding and Living with Roommates

For many people, having roommates makes rent more affordable and the apartment less lonely. But ... read more »

Adjusting to Apartment Living

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