There are a lot of abusive landlords out there and you best be careful you wouldn’t be robbed off blind by one. When renting a unit, you must get everything into writing. A tenancy agreement is the most legal version of this agreement. Be sure to read every part so you know your rights and your responsibilities.

When the landlord steps over the line by asking extra charges for whatever, no matter how legitimate it sounds, you must always refer back to the tenancy agreement before you hand out your money. Otherwise prepare to be cheated for the rest of the years that you stay in that particular rented unit.

Some illegal rent or illegal charges that your landlord may ask from you and may pass legitimate if you don’t scrutinize are the following:

  1. Repair fees
  2. Cleaning or redecorating fees
  3. Processing fees
  4. Nonrefundable deposit
  5. Holding or reservation fee
  6. Excessive late rent fee
  7. Overnight guest fee
  8. Increase the rent

If your landlord charges you for any of what’s mentioned above, you may have to take legal action. You will not win the favorite tenant award, but you have to make sure such illegal rent and charges should not be tolerated. It’s your responsibility to stop it. Here’s how:

  • Apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board so that you can get your money back
  • Contact IEU or the Investigation Enforcement Unit

These two entities are separate. They will make separate actions and decisions regarding the violation your landlord made. When applying to the Board, make sure you apply right after a breach of contract has been made because the Board will only go back one year to get your money back. The IEU can get your landlord to follow the housing rules as described by the laws both Federal and State. They also have the power to fine your landlord for $10,000 to $50,000.A

Related Posts
The real estate law and the tips to purchase real estate
The Real Estate Law is indeed extensive and this is not possible for a layman to know each and every memorandum of the law. Thus, if you are planning to ...
READ MORE
Dealing with your insurance company
If your house gets damaged by fire or other disasters, you can look to your insurance company for reimbursements. But your success of getting relief from your insurance company may ...
READ MORE
Landlord and Tenants: Roles and responsibilities
In this article, I am going to examine the nuts and bolts of duties and responsibilities of landlord and tenants which come under the landlord-tenant law in the United States. ...
READ MORE
How lawyers can help real estate investors or buyers?
In many ways, a real estate lawyer can help real estate investors or buyers more than a real estate agent can. That's because they know all the complexities of real ...
READ MORE
Basics for Sole Proprietorship
Are you a writer or a photographer? Are you an individual who takes on jobs on a contract basis? Are you a freelance caterer who gets paid per booking? Or ...
READ MORE
How to Deal With Zoning Problems?
Right location is an important factor to running a successful business. A strategic location can give you the right customers and publicity. You may find the right location perfect for ...
READ MORE
Contracts of lease
Contracts of Lease is a common bilateral agreement between the Lessor (the landlord), the party who leases a space or a property for a fee (more popularly recognized as rents) ...
READ MORE
Risks and Benefits of buying a foreclosed property
Buying foreclosure property may give you great discounts; however, there are various underlying risks to it too. Benefits Pre-foreclosure home owners want to sell their houses in a hurry to avoid foreclosure, ...
READ MORE
Workers Compensation: Different illness and injuries covered
Just because you work in a company that has workers compensation doesn't mean you're entitled for coverage right away. Although it's very unfortunate that you met an accident or that ...
READ MORE
How to win Child Custody
Parents who desire to win child custody in the court should first understand the child custody laws in their jurisdiction. The key to win child custody is proving that you ...
READ MORE
The real estate law and the tips to
Dealing with your insurance company
Landlord and Tenants: Roles and responsibilities
How lawyers can help real estate investors or
Basics for Sole Proprietorship
How to Deal With Zoning Problems?
Contracts of lease
Risks and Benefits of buying a foreclosed property
Workers Compensation: Different illness and injuries covered
How to win Child Custody