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Connecticut Tenant Screening Background Checks

When performing a rental application, landlords often require a Connecticut tenant screening. Tenant screening is another process that helps landlords ensure that they are getting the best and most responsible tenants to rent their property or unit. 

There are a few small things to note about tenant screening.
•    It is likely that the tenant will be charged the fee to have the screening done. However, landlords may not charge an additional fee and may only charge the amount it costs to have the screening completed.
•    Landlords reserve the right to refuse tenancy to any potential tenant they see fit.
•    Landlords must notify the tenants ahead of time about what types of information may keep them from being accepted into a rental agreement.
•    Some of the most common things that the screening will check for are:
o    A criminal background check—most landlords do not want anything illegal on their property.
o    A credit check—to make sure that the tenant will pay their rent in a responsible and timely manner.
o    A previous rental check—to make sure the tenant does not have a bad background in renting.
•    If a landlord refuses to offer tenancy to a potential tenant for reasons regarding the screening, they must give written reasoning for why the tenant has been rejected.

The Koleman Group LLC provides tenant screening background checks nationwide. Looking for a tenant screening report in a state other than Connecticut? Visit our tenant background checks page to learn more.

Connecticut Landlord-Tenant Law

In general, landlord and tenant acts can differ slightly from state to state. Therefore, it is important to be educated as much as possible to ensure that there is no misunderstanding when moving to a new state. Connecticut landlord-tenant laws are no different. This article is meant to serve as a compiled list and general guidelines instead of law. No part of this information is a substitute for legal advice. If you have questions or believe you have a legal case under Connecticut Landlord-Tenant Law, you should contact an attorney.

Connecticut Tenant Responsibility and Rights

•    Tenants must pay their designated rent on time and at the appropriate date that is settled on in the lease agreement. The landlord may start the eviction process if the rent is not paid by the tenth day after it is due for yearly and monthly leases and the fifth day for weekly leases.
•    The rental unit must be kept in good condition, free of clutter, and trash disposed of properly to prevent infestation. The tenant must also keep damages and repairs to a minimum.
•    Tenants must keep their noise levels low and maintain an atmosphere that does not disturb or irritate their neighbors.
•    All damages should be reported to the landlord, and if they are the tenant's fault or their family, they are to be repaired.
•    Tenants should allow the landlord entrance into the unit at reasonable times to make requested inspections or repairs.
•    It is imperative that the tenant let the landlord know if they will not be around for an extended period of time in order for the landlord to keep things running smoothly and not file abandonment on the tenant.
•    Follow all move-out procedures appropriately.

Connecticut Landlord Responsibility and Rights

•    They must provide a clean and well-maintenance apartment when the tenant moves in.
•    Keep all common areas such as halls, meeting rooms, laundry rooms, etc. cleaned and maintained.
•    Common areas must be kept well-lit and safe.
•    Landlords are responsible for ensuring that all plumbing and heating systems work well.
•    They must be sure to repair all of these commodities and make sure that floors, ceilings, foundations, stairwells, etc. are kept safe and useable.
•    There must be at least two outlets in each room, working fire, smoke alarms, maintained and usable locks, fire exits, peepholes to see outside the door, etc.
•    Landlords must be sure to offer an extermination service available if the need arises.
•    Trash services are also required to be available or at least some other means of trash disposal, including an option for recycling in some cases.
•    There should be electronic and non-electronic options for tenants to pay their rent.
•    If landlords are responsible for the utilities or repairs, they must be completed or paid on time.

Lease and Rent Information

In general, there are always two forms of a lease—written and oral. However, there are different things to keep in mind about both.
•    An oral agreement is much less common and is usually just a joint discussion between the landlord and the tenant.
•    Oral leases are usually bound to just a month-by-month rental and cannot be really fought in court as it comes down to one person's word against another's.
•    Written leases are much more common and help prevent discrepancies if the two parties ever have to go to court. Written leases often include:
o    Property descriptions.
o    The length of time of the tenant's rental.
o    The names of both the landlord and the tenant as well as contact information for both.
o    Rental amounts, due dates, and any policies regarding late fees.
o    Rules and regulations governing the property.
o    Tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities.
o    Which party will pay the utilities and when they're due.
o    Security deposit information and policies.
o    Sublease agreements if there are any.
o    Regulations regarding public laundry facilities if they apply.
o    Appliances that are provided by the landlord, if any.
•    If there is no written lease, it has defaulted as an oral lease.
Information Regarding Discrimination
•    According to The Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants or potential tenants on any basis.
•    This could include but is not limited to:
o    Gender
o    Race
o    Religion
o    Nationality
o    amount of income
o    Age
o    Marital status
o    Sexual orientation
o    Disability (both physical and mental)
•    Discrimination against tenants with children is also illegal, and landlords are not allowed to refuse rental to families with children unless:
•    The landlord lives in one of the rental units, and there are four or fewer in the area.
•    The unit is part of a federal or state housing project.
•    When a tenant feels as though they have been discriminated against, they should file a complaint immediately with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Security Deposit Information

Most landlords charge a security deposit to their tenants at move-in. These are basically down deposits that are held in order to protect the property and motivate the tenant to take care of the rental unit.
•    Most security deposits are used for damages that the tenant causes during the rental period or, in some cases, to pay a missed month's rent at the end of the lease.
•    It is completely separate from the monthly paid rent and is often a one-time fee.
•    The deposit is not allowed to be more than two months' worth of rent, and if the tenant is older than sixty-two years old, it cannot be more than one month's rent.
•    The security deposit must be put into an escrow account to accumulate interest given to the tenant, as long as they are paying their rent on time and keeping up the rental unit.
•    If a landlord does not pay the tenant the interest, they may be sued in a court of law.
•    If the tenant has not caused damage to the rental unit during their stay and has paid all rent in a timely manner, the security deposit must be returned at the end of the lease.
•    Tenants are responsible for ensuring their landlord knows their new address in writing to properly receive their security deposit at the end of the term.
•    The landlord has thirty days after the tenant moves out to return the security deposit or provide a written itemized list as to why the full deposit is not being returned in the case of damages or unpaid rent.
•    In the case of no response before the thirty-day deadline, the landlord can be liable for twice the amount of interest paid.
•    In order to prevent their security deposit from not being returned by a crooked landlord, tenants should do a few things to help.
•    They should create a checklist of everything in the apartment and detailed documentation of its quality at the time of move-in.
•    Pictures and video footage of the inside of the rental unit are heavily suggested as a means of security.
•    Clean the apartment and make sure all damages done by them or their family are taken care of upon move-out.
•    All of these things should be kept on file and in writing for both parties.

Information Regarding Eviction and Lease Termination

It is important to realize that lease termination or landlord eviction is a real possibility in the renting world. Therefore, it is important to maintain all legality to prevent any problems from happening and to keep the chance of eviction at a minimum. There are a few things to know about the eviction and lease termination process.
•    Tenants must give as much notice as possible when breaking their lease. Landlords may opt to keep the security deposit to offset the losses of a dropped tenancy.
•    The only legal way to evict a tenant is by a court order.
•    Landlords may not force a tenant to move by having the utilities turned off, changing the locks and/or locking a tenant out, or removing their belongings from their unit.
•    Only police can physically evict a person.
•    Eviction can be caused for any number of reasons, such as:
o    Expired lease.
o    Violation of lease terms and agreements.
o    Nonpayment of rent.
o    Serious nuisance either to the landlord or other tenants.
•    The landlord must first serve a written eviction notice to the tenant.
•    They do not have to give a stated reason for eviction.
•    If the tenant has not moved willingly by the date stated in the eviction, a court order will be served.
•    At this point, the court determines the stay and fees, and the tenant will be forced to move out if they lose their case.

If You Need More Information

Visit the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries for all the information you need regarding Connecticut landlord-tenant laws.
For more detailed information, access the Connecticut Landlord and Tenant Act.
For the Federal Fair Housing Act and other tenant laws, visit the HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Connecticut Tenant Screening Background Checks

A key component of landlord-tenant laws is also Connecticut Tenant Screening Background Checks. We've dedicated an entire page to it because of its importance. Visit the Connecticut tenant background check to screen your tenant.

Connecticut Landlord Forms

All states require various forms to rent an apartment to a tenant, and Connecticut is no exception. Check out The Koleman Group LLC Connecticut Landlord Forms now.

Updated on 2022-06-07 21:33:49 by larry coleman

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