We’ve all been there- from roommate troubles to requesting seemingly endless repairs, landlord troubles are the worst. Luckily, Idaho has laws that protect renters from less-than-attentive landlords. It’s important that you know your rights. At The Insurance Shop USA, serving Sandpoint, ID, we know the troubles landlords can cause, and we know what’s legal and what’s not.
– You have the right to privacy. Your landlord is required by Idaho law to give you notice before entering your rental unit.
– You have the right to a safe living environment. Your landlord is required to keep fix smoke detectors, insect problems, crumbling or deteriorating walls and/or ceilings, heating issues, defective plumbing, etc. After you’ve notified your landlord in person (or sent them a certified letter) of a safety issue, the landlord has three days to fix the problem. If they fail to do so, you have the right to take your landlord to court.
– You have the right to be notified about rent increases. In a month to month rental situation, your landlord must give you at least 15 days notice before a rent increase.
If you’re dealing with a not so great landlord, we get it. While there are steps that you can take to move towards legal action, you should also protect yourself before things get to that point. At The Insurance Shop USA, serving Sandpoint, ID, we offer renters insurance, which can protect you in the event that your landlord’s lack of attention to their property results in damage to your belongings. It’s important to purchase a renters insurance policy before you actually need it. Call us to talk about your rental situation, and we’ll recommend a renters insurance policy that makes sense for your needs.