Your rights as a tenant

Life’s Financial Journeys

Heading Off to College
Getting Out on Your Own
Blending Two Lives
Having a Child
Emptying the Nest
Entering Retirement
Death of a Life Partner
Military Life

In the sale and rental of housing, Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. This means you cannot be denied housing on any of the above items, and that you have recourse if this occurs.

Also, most states have their own set of laws and duties for both the tenants and landlord. For example, some states stipulate how much notice a landlord needs to give before entering a property. Likewise, that the landlord must provide a “habitable” home. This means it must be safe and sanitary, with proper wiring, heating and weatherproofing.

The following resources may assist you in understanding your rights to housing:

Fair housing–It’s your right

Tenants’ Right by State

Security deposits by state

Heading Off To College Tasks

1. Managing your own money
2. Finding a place to live
3. Setting up your own banking account
4. Getting your first job
5. Using credit wisely while in school

Finding a place to live Subtasks

1. Keys to successful dorm living
2. Tips for finding a place to rent
3. Your rights as a tenant
4. Avoid rental scams


NAPFA Consumer Education Foundation
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Chicago, IL 60631
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