You Have The Right To Remain Quiet!

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Real Estate Broker Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

No matter good tenant, not so good tenant, if you are new to being a landlord or been around for a while – it’s important to know that tenants do have some basic rights that need to be provided.

Here are the basic tenant rights:

  • Quiet enjoyment covenant is the right to the undisturbed use and enjoyment of real property by a tenant (or landowner.)  This covers privacy and safe living – but it also includes peace and quiet. Although you can’t pick your neighbors – if you have neighbors that are loud (in apartment complexes only) you can talk to your landlord and find a remedy.
  • Safe living space.  And this means if something is not functioning like a toilet, stove, heating/cooling – the landlord needs to take corrective measures.  This does not mean your landlord has to provide security systems or elaborate locking gates - it means windows and doors shall have locks and you are provided the keys.
  • Privacy.  Even though the landlord owns the home – they can’t just come and go at will. You do have a certain degree of privacy.  If repairs need to be made – notice has to be given and if you aren’t there – the home must be secured and locked when the landlord leaves.
  • Reviewing the lease BEFORE you sign it. Never sign anything without reading it even if someone says “it’s a standard lease”.  I always send tenants the lease ahead of time – and give them ample opportunity to read it, ask questions and if they are still concerned –they have time to have an attorney review it.

Along with rights come responsibilities. You have rights because you are fulfilling your renters responsibilities: paying rent on time, preventing damage to the home and if something needs repair - you let the landlord know sooner than later.  So make sure to hold up your end of the bargain if you want to retain your right to quiet!

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This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are  presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions.    Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .

 

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Dennis J. Zisa
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Excellent information, presented in a clear and concise manner.

Landlords (particularly some private landlords) need top recognize the fact that they too have responsibilities.

May 16, 2012 11:22 AM
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Gabrielle:

Good information for both landlords and tenants.  Some tenants don't realize they have rights when they sign a rental or lease agreement. 

May 16, 2012 03:53 PM
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Gene Riemenschneider
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The right to enjoy ones home without being bothered is a basic right and it needs to be respected.

May 16, 2012 09:12 PM
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Bob Miller
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Hi Gabrielle, great post.  As a new landlord I could use the review!

May 17, 2012 02:57 AM
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LOL! I'm just sitting here after showing our beach casita which we are leasing for the very first time due to some extensive long term travel committments we have for the next couple of years. I'm not new to the landlord game having owned several rental properties of my own for several years.

But it was a tough decision in light of the fact that we haven't rented or leased it since we built it in'07. We've only enjoyed it. But I'm only leasing it out for 12 to 18 months and plan to reunite with it whence we return from our travels. Thanks for a very timely and conducive post.

 

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