Rights as a Tenant
Tenants that are renting an apartment or other dwelling have a strict set of federal and states’ rights to protect them from unfair treatment. Landlords are required by law to treat all tenants under the same level of discretion and to not act discriminatorily against any person. If a landlord does not provide an application due to discrimination or breaches a contract for similar reasons, it is considered a violation of tenant rights and grounds for legal action.
As a tenant that is renting or leasing a property, you are entitled to a safe and habitable space at a reasonable cost. Tenants are also entitled to information as to why their application was denied or contract terminated. If you believe your rights have been violated, the legal team at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., may be able to advocate on your behalf.
Discrimination against Tenants
Most tenant rights come from federal anti-discrimination laws. State and local laws may add even more requirements to help protect certain parties from discrimination. The most basic tenant rights protect against discrimination based on the following:
- Familial status (single, married, with children)
- Physical or mental disability
- Ownership of service animals
A right to a habitable home that is free of certain chemicals, such as lead, and pests is also protected. Landlords must reveal any available apartments to an inquiring individual and assess all possible residents under the same standards.
Contact a Tenant Dispute Lawyer in Plano
Tenant rights are important to protect in order to provide a safe and comfortable home for you and your family. If you are a tenant that believes your landlord is breaching your contract or violating your rights, the experienced Plano tenant dispute attorneys at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., may be able to uphold your rights in court. Please contact us at (214) 317-4448 to discuss your particular situation.