What Are Some Common Tenants' Rights?


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While landlord-tenant laws vary from state to state in the United States, there are certain federal regulations that apply in every state, including anti-discrimination laws that give tenants rights associated with and protecting against landlord discrimination based on their age, gender, religion, race and nationality, reports FindLaw. Disabled tenants also have certain rights in every state, including anti-discrimination rights, which means a landlord cannot deny a disabled prospective tenant's application solely based on the disability itself. Landlords in every state are also prohibited from making different sets of tenancy rules for people in a protected class.

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Tenant rights often have to do with when, how and under what conditions landlords may visit and enter a property once it's rented. Some states have landlord-tenant laws that give them greater autonomy over their rented homes. For example, in Oregon, landlords must give tenants 24 hours notice before they may enter the premises, according to the Oregon State Bar. This is a right to privacy that not all states grant to tenants. Other states are more vague about landlord notification periods; in Florida, for example, landlords must notify tenants before visiting, but the law doesn't give exact terms to what constitutes "reasonable notice," notes the Florida Bar.

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