Handling Cases Involving Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Living in a home or an apartment owned by another person can create some tension in certain situations. In some cases, landlords can be greedy and can try to take advantage of tenants. In other cases, tenants can be disrespectful and break the contracts that they agreed to. In order to avoid these difficult situations, it is important to understand the landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities of both parties in the state of Connecticut.

If you find yourself in an unfair situation, contacting a knowledgeable real estate and tenant defense lawyer is in your best interest. Our legal team at Cummings Law Firm is here for you when you would like to discuss your situation with a professional.

Tenant Responsibilities

In a standard lease in the state of Connecticut, the tenant has the following rights and responsibilities:

  • Keep the apartment and the area around the apartment clean.
  • Keep the noise level to a minimum so as not to disturb neighbors.
  • Repair damages that are the fault of the tenant or a tenant's guest.
  • Notify the landlord if major damage occurs to the apartment.
  • Notify the landlord if repairs have to be made to the apartment, and the damage is not the fault of the tenant.
  • Give the landlord permission to make repairs during reasonable times during the day or at night.
  • Pay rent on time. In Connecticut, the eviction notice process may start 9 days after rent is past due.
  • Properly notify the landlord if you plan to move out.
  • Let the landlord know about prolonged absences.

Responsibilities Of The Landlord

Landlords also have rights and responsibilities when it comes to renting to tenants. They include:

  • Making sure that the apartment is clean when the tenant moves in.
  • Keep entryways and hallways well lit.
  • Clean the common areas of the building.
  • Make sure that plumbing and heating work properly.

Notice Of Eviction

One of the most common tenant-landlord spats is the issue of eviction. In some situations, a landlord may be upset with a tenant and want to kick him or her out. However, the landlord must have proper grounds to do this before eviction can take place. Grounds for eviction in Connecticut are:

  • Being a nuisance to the landlord.
  • The expiration of the lease.
  • Failure to pay rent.

If a tenant has committed one of the grounds for eviction, he or she may be evicted by the landlord.

On the other hand, landlords may try to evict a tenant without grounds. If this occurs, you can fight the eviction by following these steps:

  1. Hire a lawyer to represent you. This process will be made much easier if you have an experienced lawyer by your side. To discuss your situation with our law firm, please contact us here.
  2. File an appearance. The first thing that you need to do if you want to fight the eviction is file an appearance with the court. This form should be filed within 2 days of the return date on your court summons. If you hire Cummings Law Firm, we will do this for you.
  3. File an answer to the landlord complaint. You should file an answer to your landlord's complaint with the clerk's office. Here you will explain what happened and defend yourself against the eviction. Again, we can help you with this paperwork.
  4. Mail a copy of your answer to your landlord. You will have to notify your landlord of your defense so that he or she can file a reply before a trial is scheduled with the court.
  5. Go to trial. Within two weeks of the paperwork being filed, a trial will be scheduled. You must attend your trial and explain your defense in court. If you do not attend the trial, you will automatically lose your case, and you will be evicted.

After you present your case, the judge will decide if the eviction is valid or not. If it is valid, you will be forced to leave the apartment or home that you are renting. If the judge sides with you, you may continue the lease in your apartment or home.

Take Action Today

For assistance with a court case due to eviction or other issues, please contact an attorney at our office. We are happy to help you build a case and guide you through this process. To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Connecticut, contact Cummings Law Firm today by calling 203-754-7779.

We serve in New Haven, Waterbury, Danbury and throughout the state.