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Guide to Understanding
Tenant Rights

Tenant rights can either refer to the rights tenants enjoy by law, or to the movement to acquire such rights. Tenant rights generally seek to protect renters from landlord neglect and unfair eviction, as well as secure fair, affordable housing.

Laws dealing with the landlord-tenant relationships vary greatly between jurisdictions.
These laws may provide some or all of the following for tenants:

  • Remedies for bad conditions

  • Privacy protections

  • Protection from landlord retaliation

  • Protection from exorbitant rent increases

  • Protection for the right to organize

  • Just cause eviction controls


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