General Obligations and Rights of Landlords
- Make property habitable before tenants move in.
- Make and pay for repairs due to ordinary wear and tear.
- Refrain from turning off a tenant's water, electricity or gas.
- Provide written notice to tenants when ownership of the property is transferred to a new landlord.
- Not unlawfully discriminate.
- Be responsible for repairs caused by ordinary wear and tear and natural forces such as the weather.
A landlord can end a lease:
- When a tenant doesn't pay rent.
- At the end of a written lease.
- When a tenant damages property.
- When a tenant violates a condition of a written lease.
- When a tenant is involved in criminal activity.
If the landlord has wrongfully withheld all or part of a deposit, the tenant may sue to recover up to twice the amount wrongfully withheld.
The landlord may keep all or part of a deposit to pay for:
- actual damages (not for normal wear and tear)
- unpaid rent
- lost rent due to the tenant moving out without adequate notice