Tenants have to follow their lease agreements when living in apartments. Many lease agreements have very basic and universal terms. But, some landlords may be particular and include unique terms in a lease.
To ensure that a lease agreement is being followed, it may be best to review the terms. Here are a few ways a lease may be violated:
1. Unauthorized pets
Most lease agreements have some kind of terms regarding pets. Some lease agreements plainly state that pets are prohibited in apartments. While other leases may have one or two small pets with one-time and monthly pet fees. Tenants may violate their lease by allowing an unauthorized pet into their apartment.
2. Indoor smoking
Smoking has been known to damage homes. People who smoke indoors may discolor walls and leave a lingering smell, which can be unattractive to new tenants and disturb other tenants in the building. One way landlords can try and prevent this is by having a no-smoking term in the lease. Tenants who are caught smoking indoors may violate their lease.
3. Noise violations
People have jobs and school and don’t want to lose sleep because a tenant is making noise all night. Many tenant agreements include hours where tenants must lower their volume so that others aren’t disturbed. If it becomes a constant issue, then there may be a lease violation.
4. Long-term guests
Many landlords rent apartments based on the size of the building and how many people are staying in a room. As such, tenants who have other people living with them that weren’t authorized may be in violation of their lease agreement.
5. Property damage
Tenants should be aware that, while they live in an apartment, they don’t have the right to destroy the property. Tenants may cause damage to an apartment that costs the landlord repair bills. If property damage is extreme or continues to happen, then the landlord may believe that a tenant has violated their lease.
If a tenant violates their lease, then there could be legal battles. You may need to reach out for legal help to ensure you have a favorable outcome.