When you rent a home, you expect a certain amount of privacy, and most landlords don't have a problem respecting that. However, there are certain things the landlord has a right to know or that failure to tell the person about could negatively impact your tenant rights. To avoid potential legal problems, here are two things you should absolutely tell your landlord.
Roommates and Subletters
People generally don't expect to encounter financial problems or emergency issues requiring them to find roommates or break their leases when they sign their leases, but sometimes these things happen. If you rent a home by yourself but get a roommate or sublease the place to someone else later on, you must tell your landlord as soon as possible.
There are a couple of reasons for this. First, it's a safety issue. Landlords are responsible for ensuring they're not renting their units to dangerous individuals. Therefore, they'll typically do background checks on everyone who will be living in the home. Second, if you sublease to someone and that person stops paying the rent or breaks something in the home, you will be held liable for those damages.
It may seem like a lot of trouble, but it's best to tell the landlord when other people will be living in the home, even if it's a family member. This will help you avoid running afoul of your lease or local occupancy laws and suffering the consequences—which may involve eviction—as a result.
Mystery Water and Other Symptoms Starts Appearing
You and your landlord share responsibility for making sure the home remains clean and in good condition. However, the landlord is generally responsible for fixing major issues, such as roofing or plumbing leaks. The problem is if you don't notify your landlord about these issues in time, you could be on the hook for paying some or the entire repair. Additionally, you may hurt your chances of recovering money for damages and losses if you're injured because of an issue in the home.
For example, you notice wet spots in the ceiling, which typically indicate there is a leak in the roof. If you fail to notify the landlord and the roof suddenly caves in and injures you, you may have a hard time collecting compensation for damages because you didn't tell the landlord there was a problem and provide him or her enough time to fix it.
Doing regular inspections of major areas of the home (e.g. roof, pipes) is a good habit that can help you spot problems early. You should also immediately notify the landlord whenever symptoms of a larger issue suddenly appear. Even if it turns out to be nothing, it's better to be safe than sorry.
For more information about this issue or to find a house for rent in your area, contact a realtor.
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