Tenant/Landlord Information Center

In the United States, people are entitled to be treated fairly when they are trying to rent a place to live, without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act) guarantees protections against discrimination in housing. If you have been discriminated against in your search for housing, contact an experienced real estate attorney today to discuss your rights.

Landlord-Tenant Law — An Overview

When you are interested in entering into a lease for an apartment or rental property, you will have to sign documents that bind you to your decision. Afterward, any number of things could go "wrong," such as a discovery that the property is unsafe for habitation, or your failure to pay rent when it is due. Sometimes real estate issues are resolved without the involvement of judges or lawyers. In other situations, the disputes and consequences surrounding the rental of property necessitates legal assistance and resolution. At those times, the help of an experienced and effective real estate lawyer, like those at Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, becomes a key component to protecting your financial and personal rights, whether you are a landlord or tenant. If you are involved in a real estate dispute, call Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., today.

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Fair Housing Rights

An important 1968 federal law called the Fair Housing Act (FHA) serves to protect individuals from unfair housing practices based upon their race, color, national origin, sex, family status or disability. If you feel as though your rights under the FHA have been violated, you need an attorney to help protect your interests and restore those rights. An attorney with experience in real estate law can advise individuals about their rights under the FHA.

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Rent And Security Deposit Issues

A lease by its very nature requires payment by the tenant, usually on a monthly basis, of a rent or fee. In any rental situation, a potential tenant is also asked to provide a security deposit when first entering into a rental agreement or lease. Of course, matters are not always simple and disputes often arise between a tenant and a landlord regarding rent and security deposits. If you are caught in the midst of a dispute over rent or security deposit issues, an attorney specializing in real estate law can help steer you toward a fair resolution.

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Termination Of Leases And Evictions

When tenants and landlords enter into a lease, there is an underlying presumption that, at some point in the future, the relationship will end either through termination of the lease or some less amicable way, such as an eviction. If you are involved in a lease termination or eviction situation, discussing your options with an experienced real estate law attorney can help make sense of your rights and obligations.

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Duties And Rights Of Landlords And Tenants

In any rental situation, both a landlord and a tenant have rights and responsibilities that should be maintained and respected in order to allow for a smooth relationship. Often, disputes arise about who is responsible for what or who has a right that has been violated. In these situations, an experienced real estate law attorney can be a crucial advisor and negotiator.

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Landlord-Tenant Law Resource Links

Fair Housing
Website for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency in charge of fair housing issues; includes an online version of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act).

Housing and Urban Development Rental Information
This portion of HUD's website is devoted to rental issues, including information on budgeting for an apartment, apartment searching and renters' insurance.

About Apartments
This web site, from About.com, has general information on a host of rental issues from what to look for in a lease, to apartment decorating tips.

Rental Housing On Line
Rental Housing On Line is full of information on a variety of tenancy issues. Check under the "guest subject areas" tab for a full listing.

State-Specific Landlord Information
This web site is mostly devoted to landlord (and some tenant) issues, divided on a state-by-state basis. Links are provided for laws, updates and guides, among other items.