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Landlord’s Obligation to Tenants Displaced by Fire

What is a landlord’s obligation to a tenant who is displaced from a rental unit because of a fire or other disaster? Many tenants have been displaced recently because of building fires.  Undoubtedly, there will be a major earthquake someday that could potentially displace thousands of tenants.  The Rent Board’s Rules and Regulations, Section 12.19,

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Understanding the Key Law

My apartment building has restricted high-security front door keys that tenants are unable to duplicate on their own. One of my tenants who rents the studio apartment with her name only on the lease is asking for an additional key for her boyfriend. Are we obligated to make the extra key? If we gave the

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Letting a Friend Stay in Your Apartment When You Travel

I own two flats. I live in one and rent the other. I plan on traveling to Europe for two months this summer and would like to sublet my owner’s unit to help cover the costs of my trip. A friend of  mine is interested in renting my unit for the summer. However, I’ve been

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Accepting Rent Via Electronic Funds Transfers or Direct Deposits

I am wondering how to handle automatic electronic fund transfers for rent payments. Is there a way to ensure that the tenant named on the lease is indeed the one sending the automatic payment, so that the landlord is not accepting funds from non-tenants and thereby giving them tenancy rights? I am also wondering if

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Second-Hand Smoke Woes

I own a 15-unit building that is completely non-smoking. I have received complaints from a tenant that she occasionally smells smoke, but cannot tell which unit it is coming from. I have sent non-smoking reminders to all tenants. Do I have any legal responsibility to do anything if I find out who is smoking? Or

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Why Tenants Should Not Make Repairs

My tenant broke the large picture window in the living room. I obtained a quote for $1500 from a licensed contractor. The tenant obtained quotes between $500-$600. Which quote do I use? Every landlord should always oversee and administer repairs and maintenance to apartments. This duty should never be delegated to the tenant. Owners often