Recent Survey Shows A Majority of Landlords and Tenants Have An Inadequate and Incomplete Understanding of Basic Rental Laws

Zillow recently reported that a majority of landlords and tenants show a fundamental misunderstanding of basic landlord-tenant laws. For example, 85% of tenants and 76% of landlords are unaware of the laws pertaining to security deposits and credit checks. 77% of tenants and 69% of landlords lack understanding of privacy and access rights. 62% of tenants and 50% fail to understand the laws on early lease termination.

Many agents are now becoming involved in rental properties by virtue of the increase in rentals in the marketplace. Agents are encouraged to stay out of disputes between landlords and tenants. If such a dispute arises, agents are encouraged to refer their clients to attorneys knowledgeable in rental laws.

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