Jeff McAdams' Tenant Protection Tips
Never replace anything that isn’t yours.
Appliances and fixtures in your apartment that have been supplied to you under the terms of the lease are legally the landlord’s property. If you replace any of these items, it’s grounds for eviction. Let’s say you throw out the refrigerator and replace it with an expensive, upscale unit. Even if you agree to turn over possession of it to the landlord, you have acted illegally in discarding his property and can have your lease terminated. For example, there are court cases in which tenants have replaced kitchen cabinets without the landlord’s permission. The only way they were able to retain their tenancies was by reinstalling the original fixtures. So don’t even think about making these changes without written permission from your landlord.
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