Landlord and Tenant Law

Landlord and tenant laws presents various challenges to real property investors who depend on rental income to support their ownership of property and maintain their financial obligations associated with the payment of a mortgage, real estate taxes, insurance, and the general maintenance, repair and upkeep of premises leased to both residential and commercial tenants. Along with the entitlements a landlord is often due, Connecticut law and local housing and fire code regulations mandate certain standards that all landlords must adhere to.

Tenants occupy residential or commercial property in exchange for their payment of rent.  They expect and deserve quiet use and enjoyment of their rental unit. However, obligations of tenants, not only as to the payment of rent, but compliance with reasonable rules and regulations imposed to by landlords and municipal and state law is required.

Generally, most landlord/tenant issues that arise today pertain to evictions based on the nonpayment of rent or the termination of lease arrangements. These cases are handled through various housing sessions of the Connecticut Superior Court. An eviction proceeding pertains only to the obtainment of possession of the premises and any claims for financial reimbursement or damages must be filed in a separate legal proceeding.

Landlord/tenant laws are strictly construed in the State of Connecticut and one must be aware of the numerous deadlines, filing requirements, rights and entitlements that landlords and tenants have. Commencing an eviction proceeding without an attorney can result in a matter being dismissed two to three months after commencement of an action, resulting in one having to start the process fresh from the beginning. Having proper representation will ensure that an action is commenced properly to avoid any problems that subsequently arise.

Landlords and tenants need to be aware of what their rights and entitlements are and what is legally required of each other. A consultation with an attorney for either a landlord or tenant issue is time well invested and highly recommended for any legal matter. What you don’t know will hurt you.