Additionally, If the tenant entered into a nice, clean apartment with relatively high rent, only to see the place fall into disrepair, the tenant can sue to have rent reduced by the lowered property value of the premises.
Tenants may not own their apartment, but they do own the possessory right to that apartment: they are entitled to exclusive possession of their entire apartment for the term of the lease. Unless the law of the city provides otherwise, even landlords are not allowed to enter a leased apartment without permission. If the landlord does so he or she is committing a trespass.
Further, Landlords cannot evict tenants without good cause. Good cause generally requires nonpayment of rent for no reason, illegal activities, or severe damage to the building. Historically a landlord could personally enter into your apartment and evict tenants, but today only police are allowed to evict tenants, and they need a court order to do so.
Every city has different rules regarding landlord-tenant relations. Therefore, you should consult with an attorney to determine your rights and remedies before taking action against your landlord.
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