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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Nov 10, 2016

The relationship between a landlord and a tenant is a very important one. When things go smoothly, it can be a pleasant and enjoyable experience for everyone involved, but when things go sour, it can seem like the world is stacked against the little guy.

In situations like that, it’s important to know exactly what rights you, as a tenant, have. It may feel like your landlord has power over almost everything in your situation (and your landlord may be trying to convince you that they do), but you have legal rights, so don’t be afraid to exercise them.

Since you signed a legal agreement when you started renting, your landlord can not simply kick you out of the apartment on a whim; it has to be for a legally valid reason (since we are talking about breaking the contract). This does not stop some landlords from trying to scam you out of the apartment, though. Be on the lookout for:

  • Landlords trying to get you to pay with cash/money orders – Always pay with a personal check if you can, and always write in the memo line the exact month that the rent check is for. It makes everything easier to track and collate later on, should any issues arrive.
  • Landlords trying to get you to agree to things verbally – Always make sure you get all important correspondence in writing. You may have to type up the agreements yourself and send them via Certified Mail to ensure there is a paper trail.
  • Landlords trying to push their way in to your home – Never let a landlord into your apartment, unless there is a valid reason and advanced notice given to you. As long as there is not some emergency, they do not have the right to barge in unannounced.

There are many more things to watch for, and many more rights that you have as a tenant. If you are having any issues with your landlord, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a skilled attorney right away. They’ll be able to help you find all your legal options.