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Even if you are receiving assistance with your rent, as a new renter, there are several important things you should know. First and foremost, make sure to read your rental agreement thoroughly and understand the terms before signing anything. This will help ensure that you’re aware of all the rules and regulations that come with renting an apartment or house.
Second, it’s important to budget for any additional costs associated with being a tenant such as utility bills or renters insurance premiums. Make sure to factor these into your monthly expenses so you can be prepared financially when they arise throughout the year. Additionally, if something goes wrong in your unit like broken appliances or plumbing issues, contact your landlord right away so they can take care of it quickly!
Finally, get familiar with local laws regarding tenants' rights in case any disputes arise between yourself and other tenants/landlords during tenancy period; this way you have legal recourse if needed down the line which could save time & money in long run! It's also helpful for landlords too because having informed renters who know their rights helps keep everyone on same page about expectations from each party involved- making whole process smoother & easier overall!
State rules on when and how landlords may enter tenant rental units.
When tenants sign a lease or rental agreement, they gain the right to exclusive use of the rental. This means that the landlord cannot enter the rental except as allowed by the terms of the lease or rental agreement and state law. Many states have laws requiring landlords to give tenants a minimum amount of notice (often 24 hours) before entering an occupied rental unit. Often, these laws also specify circumstances when a landlord may enter a tenant's rental unit (for example, to make repairs or show the unit to prospective renters). Here is a summary of state landlord access laws.
Note that even if a specific situation is not specifically mentioned in a statute, other law (such as that created by court decisions) might grant the landlord the right to enter. For example, in all states, even in the absence of a statute, landlords may enter to deal with a true emergency (an imminent and serious threat to health, safety, or property); and when the tenant has abandoned the property (left for good). Most states specify non-emergency circumstances that justify entry, and some explicitly include abandonment and "extended absence" (temporary but prolonged absence, which allows a landlord to enter when necessary to protect the property).
Also, always check to see if your lease or rental agreement includes a clause regarding the landlord's right to enter—many states allow landlords and tenants to make access agreements that differ from statutory law. If you have any questions about landlords' access laws in your state, contact a local tenants' rights group for help, or consult a local landlord-tenant attorney.
- By Ann O’Connell, Attorney on nolo.com
A quick look at Oregon Revised Statutes 90.322, 90.410
Amount of Notice Required in Non-emergency Situations
Lindsey Ellefson, of LifeHacker, writes, "If you rent your living space, sure, you don’t technically own it—but you do pay for it, and it’s your private sanctuary. However, your landlord may want to (or need to) enter your private domicile for some reason, at some point. While you do have a legal right to privacy, there are some instances in which you won’t be able to stop the unit’s owner from entering."
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