Let's get right to it.

We know there are plenty of things that are against the law for a landlord to do or there are lies or intimidation tactics they may try so take note because maybe at least one of these things is happening to you right now.

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GET ME THAT DEPOSIT FAST IF YOU WANT IT

Maybe the apartment is in high demand. However, if that's the case then there's no reason to intimidate and try to rush you. If that's the case, then the landlord has nothing to worry about. He or she may even tell you someone is coming this afternoon to secure it.

Sketchy landlords, especially private ones according to the Finance Buzz website prey on your need to find a place to live. If you're stressed, they see it and may even ask you for more money or have weird clauses in the lease they hope you miss because you feel rushed.

Know your state laws on the maximum financial amounts allowed to secure a rental.

UNIVERSAL LEASE

If a landlord says this is just a basic, universal lease, possibly hoping you don't read completely through please know that according to Finance Buzz there is no such thing. Maybe your landlord doesn't even realize that if he or she is using a basic, online template.

And does the template have everything your state requires to protect yourself?

Take the time to read any lease always. According to the American Bar Association they have a free legal help section, too for such situations and questions.

TENANT COVERS REPAIRS

Unless you agree to this specifically for some reason, this is a big N-O. According to Finance Buzz, a good, trustworthy landlord understands that repairs are part of owning the property. Landlords must keep your apartment or home “habitable” by law out of their pocket.

WE DON'T DO WALK-THROUGHS/VIEWINGS

If the landlord refuses to show you the place in person and expects you to rely just on photos, run don't walk away from the situation. If the landlord is trying to rush you then that's red flag. Who knows, maybe it's even a scam.

Also, take photos and make sure that they're timestamped.

THIS BEDROOM DOESN'T HAVE A WINDOW

Then it's not a bedroom according to the Bob Vila website. It's actually illegal to rent a room that doesn't have a window. All bedrooms must have a door and window to qualify.

I CAN ENTER ANYTIME SINCE I OWN THE PROPERTY

Unlimited entry is a big, fat lie. They may even say because they fully own the property it's their right being a private landlord. Wrong.

According to Bob Vila, a minimum of 24-48 hours' notice is required and a text or email from the landlord just telling you they're entering is illegal without your confirmed consent. Make sure it's written and not just verbal.

Also, regular business hours if you will, for entry is in state laws. Exceptions to this rule include emergencies so make sure there really was an emergency if that claim happens. Basically, get proof that a professional was called if, for example, there was fear of a gas leak.

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