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Monday, April 16, 2018

An Overview of Landlord-Tenant Issues in Connecticut

Connecticut has a number of laws in place that govern landlord and tenant issues. Therefore, it is important that both landlords and tenants understand their legal obligations prior to entering into a contractual relationship. Below is an overview of some of the major issues that landlords and tenants in Connecticut should review with an attorney prior to signing a lease.

  1. Disclosures – Connecticut law requires landlords to disclose a variety of information to tenants, including the identity of anyone authorized to act on behalf of the landlord.

  2. Security Deposit Requirements –Connecticut has strict laws in place addressing the issue of security deposits, including the amount that landlords may charge for such deposits and when they must be returned.

  3. Right to Withhold Rent - Tenants are permitted to withhold rent until necessary repairs are made by the landlord. In addition, when landlords fail to make needed repairs, tenants may make such repairs themselves and withhold the costs allocated from the rent.

  4. Late Fees - Connecticut law outlines permissible late fees and the amount of time that a landlord must allow a tenant to pay his or her rent before the eviction process may begin.

  5. Termination and Eviction – The state of Connecticut has strict guidelines in place regarding terminations and evictions. For example, a landlord may give a tenant who hasn’t paid rent an unconditional quit notice that gives him or her a specific number of days to move out before an eviction notice may be filed.

  6. Small Claims Issues - Tenants can sue landlords in small claims court for the return of their deposit. There is no limit on the dollar amount you can sue for in landlord-tenant cases in Connecticut.

In addition to those discussed above, Connecticut landlord-tenant laws address the following topics:

  • How landlords must deal with property abandoned by tenants;

  • Fair housing issues;

  • Restrictions regarding a landlord’s right to access rental property that is occupied by a tenant; and

  • Protection afforded to tenants to prevent retaliation against them by landlords for a variety of different reasons.

Connecticut Landlord and Tenant Dispute Legal Representation

Landlord and tenant disputes are common, and while people sometimes choose to address these issues without experienced legal representation, this is not recommended. Experienced Connecticut legal representation can drastically improve your odds of a successful outcome during a landlord and tenant dispute. Therefore, if you are a landlord or tenant involved in a legal dispute, please consider contacting a Connecticut residential real estate attorney. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, the law office of Benjamin S. Proto can provide you with competent and efficient legal representation. At the law office of Benjamin S. Proto, we will keep you apprised of your rights while ensuring that you understand all of your legal options. Please contact us for a consultation.

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