There are various rights and responsibilities that come with being a tenant. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides and list of topics you should be knowledge about when renting.
The rights of the tenant are broken down into three categories, involving your apartment, resident organizations, and nondiscrimination.
Involving your Apartment
-The apartment must consist of a clean and safe environment, free of hazardous chemicals.
-Necessary repairs must be completed in a timely fashion.
-Property mangers and/or landlords must notify residents reasonable ahead of time for non-emergency inspections or entries into the dwelling.
Involving Resident Organizations
-The ability for residents for organize without retaliation or backlash from the Property Owners and/or Management.
-The right to post informational material in the forms of leaflets, etc. in common areas.
-The right to meet with the Property Management and/or Property Owner present. As well as the ability to use common space or facilities (with reasonable HUD-approved fee).
“The right to equal and fair treatment and use of your building’s services and facilities, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status (children under 18), national origin (ethnicity or language), or in some circumstances, age.”
A tenant of HUD-assisted housing as responsibilities to their property manger and owner as well as to the project and fellow residents.
To Your Property Owners or Management Agent
-Following the rules and guidelines outlined in the lease agreement.
-Paying the correct amount of monthly rent on time.
-Providing accurate information to the owner, including changes in the family income.
To the Project and Your Fellow Residents
-Not disturbing your neighbors.
-Not littering in the common areas as well as keep your unit clean.
-Not engaging in criminal activity.
-Keeping the apartment in the same physical condition as when you moved in.
-Reporting any environmental hazards present in your unit or within the property.