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What is included in my rent?
Clear language definitions to common legal terms.
In return for paying rent you get the right to live in a place and treat it as your home. If your building or complex has more than one rental unit, you also have the right to use the common areas. Common areas include things like hallways, elevators, driveways, lobbies, and grounds.
You also have the right to have your unit and all common areas properly repaired and maintained by your landlord.
Your rent could include other things, such as electricity, cable, parking, cleaning, or meals. Make sure your written agreement or lease clearly says what is included and what is not included. If something you thought was included is not in writing, you may have a hard time proving it if you and your landlord disagree later.