Question one Steps Sally would have undertaken prior to signing lease Renting an apartment requires specific procedures to be followed as per the laws and to prevent future problems with the landlord. According to tenancy procedures, Sally would have started by viewing the apartment which she did in a hurry. Viewing an apartment is away to check for scam as some agents lease apartments which are already occupied. After viewing the apartment Sally would have ask questions relating to the apartment. She could have asked about the policies of the apartment and see it fit for renting (Pfeiffer & Lucio, 2016). The next important step that would be taken by Sally is research about the landlord. Before entering a binding agreement, one is required to make sure that the person is a good person. Sally would have researched about the landlord to savory his reputation, this would have helped her to understand him and avoid the current challenges she going through after signing the lease. After researching about the landlord sally would have examined the damages within the apartment since tenants are obligated to pay for damages before leaving the apartment. She would have taken pictures of the damages to acts evident when she will be leaving the apartment. Checking and having a meeting with the neighbors is also a step Sally would have been taken in order to know people she will be spending time with during her stay in the apartment. More importantly Sally would have read through the lease before signing it and ensure that she doesn’t get into tricky situations with the landlord (Portman & Stewart, 2015). She would have then asked for a fine detailed document which would have included everything including the issue of heart problem in the apartment. Sally would have organized the apartment finance, gather the important documents request for important documents before signing the lease.Question two Responsibilities of Sally’s landlord The first responsibility of the landlord is to make an apartment habitable for the tenants before they entered the rental property. Landlords are obligated to provide notices to their tenants in a timely manner. It is recommended for the tenants to deal with heating problems as well as plumbing problems within the 24hours after learning for the problem. Sally’s landlord should have dealt with the heating problem within the 24hours after Sally have reported the problem. It is not right for Sally’s landlord to tell her to have warm clothes for the low temperature but to make the rental apartment habitable (Latimer, 2014). The law requires the landlord to rental property damages within the 48hours after learning the damages. It was not only sad but not right for the landlord to pay for the damages before entering the house but it would have been paid by the former tenant. The duty of repairs and maintenance is land lords responsibility and Sally’s landlord would have not charged her $2000 for damages (Horowitz, XXXXXXXXXXIt is therefore right for Sally to sue her landlord in the court of law or hold the rental payments until the rental apartment is made habitable with heating condition an all damages repaired.
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