1. Is the deposit the same as the advance?
A: It will be returned to you at the top of the lease contract after any charges are deducted. The advance is just rent paid early.
2. What if I can’t make the monthly payments?
A: The landlord can have you evicted by filing a court case. As a general rule, the landlord may file the case only after demanding that to pay, vacate his property, and if you fail to comply within five days or the period stated in your contract.
3. Who repairs broken pipes?
A: The landlord. This falls under wear and tear that he must answer for. It’s his job to keep the property safe and fit to live in. (This includes pest control.) If the landlord refuses to make repairs, you may suspend paying rent until repairs are made or make immediate repairs charged to the landlord.
5. I want to install a water heater in the bathroom. Is it okay to try to to this and may the owner buy it?
A: Check if your contract allows you to make leasehold or practical home improvement (pipes, exhaust fans, doorbells, laundry area, etc.) Your landlord may pay you half the cost of the improvement. Otherwise, remove it when the lease expires.
6. Can the landlord enter my apartment anytime to check on it?
A: The law doesn’t limit how often a landlord can inspect it, but of course he should do so at a reasonable time.
7. My friend wants to use the studio I’ve been renting when I leave for a trip. Can I rent this out to her?
A: You can sublease your apartment to your friend as long as your contract doesn’t prohibit it. In this case, your friend are going to be directly liable not only to you but also to the first landlord.
8. I subleased the property I was renting and now the windowpane is broken. Who pays for it?
A: For damages made to the property, the landlord can directly charge the sublessee (the person who’s been renting from you). The landlord also can directly hold the sublessee responsible for any rent due.
9. I have a two-year lease on my apartment. But I found a bigger unit closer to my work place. Can I move out earlier than the lease expiration date?
A: Yes, but you may have to continue paying rent until the lease contract expires or pay damages for pre-terminating the lease.
10. My landlord sold the condo I’ve been renting. Can the new owner evict me? How do I protect myself?
A: The buyer can evict you if he wasn’t made aware of the agreement between you and your landlord (to honor your lease contract upon sale of the condo). To prevent eviction, have your lease contract annotated on the title of the property before the Registry of Deeds at the district where your condo is situated.