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March 18, 2013

Renting a Home

Lease Clauses

What are the most important lease clauses for tenants?

From the tenant’s standpoint, the lease should state the duty of the landlord to maintain the physical condition of the premises. Other clauses should state the right of the tenant to terminate the lease if the landlord fails to make needed repairs. Where the law allows it, the tenant should have a clause specifying the right to hire workers to correct defects in the premises and to charge the landlord for the cost or deduct it from the rent. A clause giving the tenant the right to pay reduced rent is important if the landlord fails to make repairs.

>>What are the most important lease clauses from the point of view of landlords?
>>What are the most important lease clauses for tenants?
>>Can the landlord enter a tenant’s premises without notice?
>>Does the tenant owe the landlord a late fee if the rent is not paid on the date specified in the lease?
>>Is the landlord liable for the damages incurred by a tenant who was injured because of inadequate maintenance of the property?
>>Can the tenant, with the landlord's consent, operate a business out of the rented premises?
>>Whose improvement is it?
>>What does "right of quiet enjoyment" of the premises mean?
>>So what about noise?
>>Is renting a condo unit different under the law?
>>In a legal dispute between the landlord and the tenant, does the tenant have to pay the landlord's attorney's fees?

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