Are you a tenant?
Here you as a tenant will find useful information to avoid problems in the tenancy.
Tips to the tenant
Take time to read the contract, even if you think it's boring. If you want to enter a contract, it may be wise to use one of the various standard contracts. These provide a good starting point, but they must be filled out properly. If you want to rent together with others, be aware that you could be liable if the person or the others are guilty of breach of contract, even if you have fulfilled all your obligations. This is called "joint and several liability". Solidary resposibility is a statutory rule, but it is possible to agree that you are responsible only for yourself ("pro-rata liability").
The deposit have to be on escrow account in a bank in the tenant's name. Lessor shall pay the fee to create your account. It is not allowed to arrange something else.
It is advisable to document the condition of the apartment when moving in and out by writing an immigration and emigration protocol describing the dwellings condition and by taking pictures. Both parties should write the date and sign the protocols.
Payments should be made through bank so that you can document the payment.
You must wash thoroughly when moving and not leave your things there without a written agreement with the landlord.
Request a receipt that you have supplied all the keys back to the landlord.
- If there were to be problems, you may want to talk with the landlord to see if you can find solutions together.
Do you in your opinion have a claim against the landlord, and you can not agree, you can send a complaint to the Rent Disputes Tribunal (HTU). HTU can mediate between you, or possibly decide the case.