CT Renters: Are you Aware of Your Rights as a Tenant?

CT Renters Are you Aware of Your Rights as a TenantAs a tenant, both you and your landlord maintain certain rights. In addition to carrying adequate Renters Insurance in Connecticut , familiarize yourself with the following rights that you are entitled to, even in the absence of a formal contract.

Privacy- While landlords are expected to respect your privacy, there are certain circumstances in which he or she can enter your apartment. These include true emergencies such as a leak, a court ordered approval, or you have moved out. In addition, your landlord may enter if they alert you prior and it is during a reasonable time of day to complete inspections or repairs.

Rent- For month-to-month renters, payments should be made no later than the 10th of each month. For leases, rent is typically due by the 1st of the month. If the known grace period has expired, landlords reserve the right to charge a late fee in addition to your monthly rent. It is in your best interest to keep records of each payment. If you must pay in cash, request a receipt from the landlord to document the payment.

Retaliation- Landlords may not raise your rent if you complained to the health department, housing code office, or the Fair Rent Commission, requested your landlord fix something in your apartment, or joined a tenant’s union in the last 6 months, according to CTLawHelp.org.

Lockouts- Even in the event you owe money, it is illegal for a landlord to lock you out of your apartment. This law also extends to prohibiting landlords from keeping your belongings or doing anything else to actively keep you out of your apartment. If this occurs, request the police to let you back in.

Eviction- Your landlord is required to obtain a court order to evict you from your apartment. Similarly, if the bank is foreclosing on your landlord’s property, you reserve the right to remain in your apartment until the foreclosure is complete.

Lead Poisoning- Severe effects such as mental retardation and vision and hearing problems can result from lead poisoning. Small children and pregnant women should be aware of the potential threat of lead in dishes, paint, paint dust, etc. in their apartment. Moreover, children should be examined once a year by a physician to ensure their safety. If high levels of lead are detected, the Department of Health can work with you and your landlord to come to a reasonable solution.

As renting is becoming increasingly popular, knowing your rights is critical. At Byrnes Agency, we specialize in renters insurance in order to safeguard your possessions and provide peace of mind for you and your home. To learn more, contact us at one of our three locations.

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Dayville Office

Phone: (860) 774-8549
394 Lake Rd
Dayville, CT 06241
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Norwich Office

Phone: (860) 886-5498
6 Consumers Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Woodstock Office

Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
info@byrnesagency.com
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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