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Tenant Rights And Responsibilities

Your rights as a tenant

Your landlord legally owns the rental unit you occupy.  Renting gives you the right to use your unit as your home.  You have the right of privacy in your unit and, in most cases, landlords must provide at least 24 hours notice before entering your unit. Exceptions are made in the case of emergencies; in making repairs that require immediate attention; or in other cases specified in your lease. 

You have the right to a safe and sanitary home. If repairs are necessary for safety or sanitation, the landlord must make repairs without charge as long as the need for repair is not due to tenant caused damage or neglect. If you deliberately damage your unit the landlord can charge you for repairs.

Your responsibilities as a tenant

Your responsibilities as a tenant include using the property only as a dwelling; paying the rent; keeping the property reasonably clean and maintained; and, when you move out, to return the property to the landlord in the same condition it was in when you moved in. 

It is your responsibility to test the smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector every six months and to replace batteries as needed.

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