This week the Property Poser panel assists a reader who has rented premises for the past five months but has yet to receive a copy of her lease agreement, despite requesting it on a number of occasions.
Of greater concern to her is the fact that the problems with the rental property, as identified during a jointly conducted inspection, have still not been addressed or repaired.
She explains that an agent from a well-known rental agency assists her landlord, so the delay is unexpected and quite concerning.
Of particular relevance, says Radue, would be the recording of the monthly rental payable, annual escalation, lease period, as well as the state of the premises and any problems for repair.
“We already know that there are certain issues with the premises that require some attention and our reader would, no doubt, be extremely upset if she were to be held responsible for them at the end of the lease.”
Radue says this could result in the tenant forfeiting her deposit or, worse, in costly litigation between the parties.
Fortunately, the Rental Housing Act provides the reader with the assistance she requires, says Radue.
“While a lease needn’t be in writing, the Act states that a landlord must provide a written agreement if requested to do
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