Know Your Rights as a Renter!

At this time of year, many college students are in the process of moving and are ending leases/signing new leases for next year.  When doing so, it is important to remember your legal rights as a renter.  Here in Chattanooga, rental leases are covered under the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (“URLTA”).  This act provides many protections for renters that you may not even be aware of.  Among these are:

- No late fee can be charged on overdue rental until a 5 day grace period has expired;
- A security deposit cannot be withheld unless the landlord follows very specific procedures;
- The landlord must make all repairs to keep the property “in a fit and habitable condition”.
If you feel that your landlord is violating your rights or withholding your security deposit without reason contact an attorney.  For many people the first lease they sign is while in college, unfortunately some landlords try to take advantage of students because of their inexperience.  This is especially true in disputes over security deposits.  However, the help of an attorney can level the playing field and ensure that you are not being treated unjustly.

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