Tenants' Rights

Tenants' Rights

Go4Rent shares tips for tenants to work with landlords regarding tenants' rights.

9 Reasons Renters Insurance Is a Necessity9 Reasons Renters Insurance Is a Necessity
9 Reasons Renters Insurance Is a Necessity

A past report from the Insurance Information Institute confirms only 36% of renters had renters insurance. This leaves renters scrambling after an unfortunate accident. Here are nine reasons that renters need to fix this immediately.

Dec 9, 2022 Tenants' Rights
3 Ways Evicted Renters Can Secure a New Lease3 Ways Evicted Renters Can Secure a New Lease
3 Ways Evicted Renters Can Secure a New Lease

Fresh off of pandemic-induced eviction moratoriums, many landlords have raised their standards for tenants. In a survey by The Urban Institute, 39% of landlords reported being more stringent on screening criteria. The survey also reported that landlords are most concerned about previous evictions.

Dec 9, 2022 Tenants' Rights
10 Questions Tenants Should Always Ask Before Moving In10 Questions Tenants Should Always Ask Before Moving In
10 Questions Tenants Should Always Ask Before Moving In

When tenants are looking for a new home, it is not always as simple as signing a lease, paying a deposit and scheduling movers. During their search for a rental, renters should prioritize the lease and the landlord, in addition to the home’s actual features. Asking the right questions can help avoid a miscommunication before it can start. Here are 10 questions tenants should always ask before moving into a new rental home.

Dec 9, 2022 Tenants' Rights
8 Tips to Help Improve Credit Scores8 Tips to Help Improve Credit Scores
8 Tips to Help Improve Credit Scores

Credit scores are a critical component in any rental application. Before agreeing to rent a home, landlords will request a credit check on prospective tenants to help determine how likely they are to pay the rent. Here are eight tips renters can use to help improve their credit scores in advance of submitting a rental application.

Dec 9, 2022 Latest Issue
Navigating Mid-Year Landlord Lease Changes?Navigating Mid-Year Landlord Lease Changes?
Navigating Mid-Year Landlord Lease Changes?

Mistakes happen. But what happens when that mistake requires a landlord to need to change the tenant’s lease after she’s already moved in? The response to mid-year lease changes can vary—a win-lose or lose-lose situation for the tenant or the landlord, or a win-win and a happy medium for both parties.

Dec 9, 2022 Tenants' Rights
Exclusively Yours: Realtor Contract Pros and ConsExclusively Yours: Realtor Contract Pros and Cons
Exclusively Yours: Realtor Contract Pros and Cons

This signed contract formalizes the professional relationship and outlines the terms of their agreement. But is it a good idea for renters to sign on the dotted line? Yes and no. Here’s why.

Nov 2, 2022 Tenants' Rights
Tax Write-Offs for Self-Employed RentersTax Write-Offs for Self-Employed Renters
Tax Write-Offs for Self-Employed Renters

Independent workers must be cautious about following tax laws perfectly when filing this deduction so their claims can stand up against an audit. The Internal Revenue Service has strict rules about if and when workers can make a home office deduction.

Nov 2, 2022 Tenants' Rights
Avoid Penalties By Ending the Lease the Right WayAvoid Penalties By Ending the Lease the Right Way
Avoid Penalties By Ending the Lease the Right Way

When tenants enter into a signed rental contract with a landlord, they’re agreeing to a set of terms that include the rental rate, residential rules and the date when the lease ends. But life happens, and sometimes renters may need to break the lease.

Sep 14, 2022 Tenants' Rights
Renegotiating the Rent RateRenegotiating the Rent Rate
Renegotiating the Rent Rate

This article will discuss why landlords sometimes grant rent reductions and the best way to ask for a price cut without jeopardizing a potential dream home.

Sep 12, 2022 Tenants' Rights
Do Tenants Have the Right To Have New Homes Rekeyed?Do Tenants Have the Right To Have New Homes Rekeyed?
Do Tenants Have the Right To Have New Homes Rekeyed?

The excitement and expectation of moving into a new home can sometimes overshadow the many details involved with the process itself. Whether moving into a single-family home or condo rental, a large part of a tenant’s comfort and peace in their new place is resting assured that no previous tenants have access to the home.

Sep 12, 2022 Tenants' Rights
Is the Security Deposit OK for the Final Month’s Rent?Is the Security Deposit OK for the Final Month’s Rent?
Is the Security Deposit OK for the Final Month’s Rent?

Renters transitioning to a new home have a lot on their minds when it comes to closing accounts, changing their addresses and paying new bills. As the costs of the move pile up, they may be tempted to skip paying the last month of rent. After all, can’t the security deposit cover what is owed?

Sep 12, 2022 Tenants' Rights
How To Get a Deposit BackHow To Get a Deposit Back
How To Get a Deposit Back

A large portion of initial funds includes at least a month or two worth of rent and a security deposit. But what happens when the renter has a change of heart and wants the deposit back?

Sep 12, 2022 Tenants' Rights