Responsibility and Rights as a Tenant

Your Responsibility as a Tenant:

  • Paying rent and utilities on time
  • Keeping the premises sanitary and undamaged
  • Disposing of garbage and trash properly
  • Using all appliance properly 
  • Not causing any intentional or careless damages to the premise
  • Using each room only for its intended purpose
  • Informing the landlord of all roommate changes
  • Upon moving out, restore the premises to the same condition as when the tenant moved in

Your Rights as a Tenant:

  • A safe dwelling
  • Free from unlawful eviction, harassment, discrimination and retaliation

Besides, some of the things a landlord cannot do include:

  • Turn off your utilities or services
  • Lock you out or change the locks without notifying you
  • Enter your unit without your permission

Rights and Responsibilities as Subtenant:

If you are considering subleasing a unit from the original tenant, confirm with the landlord that sublease is allowed. Ask to see a copy of the original lease to make sure you are legally able to sublease. In most cases, you will sign an agreement, which states your rights and responsibilities as subtenant, with the original tenant instead of the landlord. However, the original landlord may still require you to sign a separate rental agreement.

The sublease agreement may include but not limited to the following:

  • Amount and due date of the rent; where the subtenant is to send the rent
  • Who is responsible for paying the utilities?
  • The dates that the agreement begins and ends
  • A list of any possessions that you are leaving in the rental unit

It's also important that the sublease agreement be consistent with the lease, so that your obligations under the lease will be fully performed by the subtenant, if that is what you and the subtenant have agreed on.

Under a sublease agreement, the subtenant agrees to make payments to the original tenant, not to the landlord. The subtenant has no direct responsibility to the landlord.