It is very important for the Connecticut tenants to check any apartment or rental property that he or she may rent for unsafe and unhealthy living conditions, so that these conditions can be fixed before signing the lease. Some conditions to check for include the following:
- kitchen appliances that don’t work correctly;
- plumbing problems (leaking faucets, broken toilets and bathtubs);
- not enough heat or hot water; n doors without locks;
- building problems (leaking roof, broken windows, peeling paint, falling plaster);
- broken or unsafe steps;
- hallways that are not lighted well;
- pest problems (rats, roaches or rodents);
- overcrowding (many tenants located in the same location);
- hazardous (dangerous) electrical wiring or equipment;
- bad odors (the smell of garbage); and, n other conditions in the apartment that appear unsafe or unhealthy.
Also, both the landlord and the tenant should inspect the apartment together and should agree on the conditions when the tenant moves in. The checklist should be completed by both the landlord and the tenant and will be helpful if there is a security deposit disagreement when the tenant moves out.