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Renters' rights : the basics
Portman, Janet.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA :, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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KF590.Z9 P673 2000 2ND. EDITION Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Renters fed up with difficult roommates, absent landlords and thoughtless neighbors have a new place to turn. This Quick & Legal book, bursting with legal and practical advice, covers tenants' rights in all 50 states.Written in plain English, Renters' Rights discusses important topics such as:
-- leases and rental agreements
-- discrimination
-- rent
-- security deposits
-- privacy
-- roommates
-- repairs and maintenance
-- bill splittingWritten by two experts in tenants' rights, and addressed to both the novice renter and the veteran needing basic information, this completely revised and updated book is as indispensable as a friend with a pick-up truck and a free weekend.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Play the Landlord's Game and Win
A. Legal and Illegal Reasons for Turning You Downp. 3
B. Your Credit Report can Make or Break Your Applicationp. 7
C. References are All-Importantp. 13
D. Smart Moves: How to Find a Good Placep. 14
E. How to Impress Prospective Landlordsp. 17
Chapter 2 Leases and Rental Agreements
A. How Written Leases and Rental Agreements Differp. 3
B. Who Should Sign a Lease or Rental Agreementp. 8
C. Typical Provisions in Leases and Rental Agreementsp. 10
D. Negotiating With the Landlordp. 17
E. Common Negotiation Issuesp. 25
F. Signing a Lease or Rental Agreementp. 31
G. Get it in Writing: a Letter of Understandingp. 31
Chapter 3 Rent Rules
A. Rent Gouging: isn't There a Law Against it?p. 2
B. The Nitty-Gritty on Where and How to Pay Rentp. 3
C. Mable, isn't There a Grace Period?p. 5
D. What to do--and Not to do--If You can't Pay Rent on Timep. 6
E. Late Rent Feesp. 8
F. Tenancy Terminations for Nonpayment of Rentp. 10
G. Rent Increasesp. 11
H. The Landlord's Right to Change Other Rent Termsp. 15
Chapter 4 Security Deposits
A. Dollar Limits on Security Depositsp. 3
B. How Landlords May Increase Depositsp. 4
C. What's the Money for?p. 4
D. Last Month's Rentp. 5
E. Nonrefundable Deposits and Feesp. 6
F. Are You Entitled to Interest on Your Deposit?p. 7
G. How Your Landlord's Bankruptcy or Property Sale Affects Your Depositp. 8
Chapter 5 Discrimination
A. Discrimination Prohibited by Federal Lawsp. 3
B. Kinds of Discrimination Prohibited by State and Local Lawp. 10
C. How to Fight Backp. 12
Chapter 6 Roommates
A. Renting a Place With Othersp. 4
B. When a Roommate Walks Outp. 11
C. Adding a New Roommatep. 13
D. Taking in a Roomerp. 15
Chapter 7 Repairs and Maintenance
A. Your Right to a Livable Placep. 3
B. Your Repair and Maintenance Responsibilitiesp. 10
C. Persuading Your Landlord to do Major Repairsp. 12
D. Using Heavy Artillery for Major Repairsp. 14
E. Laying the Minor Repair Job on the Landlordp. 24
F. Getting the Landlord to Make Minor Repairsp. 27
Chapter 8 Tenants' Rights to Privacy
A. Entry by the Landlordp. 4
B. Entry by Othersp. 9
C. Limits on Your Guestsp. 10
D. How to Get Your Landlord to Back Offp. 12
Chapter 9 How Tenancies Change and End
A. Changing Your Tenancy Without Ending itp. 3
B. How Month-to-Month Tenancies Endp. 7
C. What Happens when Your Lease Runs Outp. 12
D. Breaking a Lease and Leaving Earlyp. 13
Chapter 10 Getting Your Deposit Back
A. How Your Landlord May Use Your Depositp. 2
B. The Mechanics of Getting the Deposit Backp. 4
C. Avoiding Fights Over Depositsp. 6
D. Suing to Get the Deposit Backp. 8
Chapter 11 Landlord Retaliation
A. Where Does the Law Protect You?p. 3
B. What is Retaliation?p. 5
C. Responding to Retaliationp. 5
D. Proving That It's Retaliationp. 7
Chapter 12 Rent Control
A. Property Subject to Rent Controlp. 4
B. Limits on Rentp. 5
C. Evictions in Rent Control Areasp. 6
D. Interest Payments on Security Depositsp. 8
E. Special Notice Requirementsp. 8
F. Bypassing the Rent Control Ordinancep. 9
Chapter 13 Getting Help with Your Dispute
A. How to Negotiate a Settlementp. 2
B. Using a Mediatorp. 4
C. Small Claims Courtp. 7
Appendix 1 How to Find Landlord-Tenant Laws Online
Appendix 2 State Laws and Agencies
State Landlord-Tenant Statutesp. 2
State Rent Rulesp. 4
Notice Required to Change or Terminate a Month-to-Month Tenancyp. 6
State Security Deposit Rulesp. 9
State Fair Housing Agenciesp. 15
State Consumer Protection Officesp. 19
State Laws on Rent Withholding and Repair-and-Deduct Remediesp. 25
State Laws on Landlord's Access to Rental Propertyp. 27
The Landlord's Duty to Re-Rent the Premisesp. 30
State Laws Prohibiting Landlord Retaliationp. 32
Selected Rent Control Ordinancesp. 36