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Monday, August 12, 2019

An Overview of Connecticut Landlord/Tenant Law

Landlords and tenants are frequently involved in disputes involving rent, property damage, property cleanliness, noise, repairs, and a host of other matters. When these types of issues arise, there is often confusion regarding the legal responsibilities of the parties. Under Connecticut law, landlords and tenants each have certain responsibilities. If you are a landlord or tenant with questions regarding your legal responsibilities as they relate to a piece of rental property, please review the information below and contact a Connecticut real estate attorney as soon as possible for assistance. 


Landlords in Connecticut are responsible for:

  • Making sure entryways and hallways have sufficient lighting
  • Making sure the property is clean prior to occupation by a tenant
  • Cleaning the property’s common areas if such areas exist
  • Maintaining the property’s heating and plumbing systems

In addition, local codes may sometimes require landlords to provide: 

  • At least two electrical outlets in each room of the property
  • Viewing devices, such as peepholes or cameras, on doors that open into community hallways
  • Extermination services if the property suffers from rodent or pest issues
  • Accessible and safe fire exits from the property
  • Safe floors, ceilings, stairways, porches, and walls
  • Working locks on the external doors of the property
  • One or more operable smoke detectors 
  • Trash receptacles, including separate receptacles for recyclable and solid items 
  • Compliance with weatherization rules and regulations
  • Multiple rent payment options


Tenants in Connecticut are responsible for: 

  • Paying the rent on time. If a tenant fails to pay the rent on time, the landlord may begin the eviction process
  • Telling the landlord when repairs to the property are required
  • Allowing the landlord to enter the property to make inspections or repairs at a reasonably agreed upon time
  • Informing the landlord of extended absences from the property 
  • Keeping the property and surrounding areas in good and clean condition
  • Refraining from making excessive amounts of noise so as not to disturb neighbors
  • Repairing damage to the property when such damage is caused by the tenant or the tenant's guests
  • Letting the landlord know when major repairs to the property are required
  • Providing the landlord with notice prior to moving out
  • Returning the property to the landlord in a similar condition to which it was initially  received

Contact our Connecticut real estate attorney today 

If you are currently involved in a landlord/tenant dispute, you need the help of an experienced Connecticut real estate attorney. At the Law Office of Benjamin S. Proto, Jr., our experienced Connecticut real estate attorney will help you resolve your landlord/tenant dispute while keeping you apprised of your rights and responsibilities under Connecticut law. Please contact our experienced real estate attorney today for a free consultation.

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