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Know your renter's rights
Renting can be a wonderful thing for those not in a position to buy. Renters may be able to experience housing quality they couldn't necessarily afford to own. There's no personal responsibility for the storm drain or leaky faucet and - depending on your lease - no serious long-term commitment. All cogent arguments to rent, but before you dive into tenancy, make sure you know your renter's rights.
The key for tenants is knowing what's in the lease and what you are agreeing to. Many suggest researching local and state statutes so you can understand your rights if your landlord violates the law. Check out your local government website and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which has information on local and state tenant laws and rights broken down by state.
While federal laws generally only pertain to discrimination and lead disclosure, state statutes vary widely. In nearly every state, renters have rights to a so-called "fit and livable home," but laws may define this entitlement differently. In general it requires a landlord ... more
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