Renting can feel like an elusive process to tenants. What rights do renters really have? And how can they use the laws in place to their fair advantage?

As a renter it is important to understand your lease agreement and make sure you feel comfortable with the space you will be calling home for the next few months, or even years. There are steps that renters can take to understand the rental laws of their state and what a landlord or property manager is responsible to maintain on their rental property. Our legal network gave us some practical advice for renters.

Below, we’ve awarded the comments we found most valuable. Check back later in the week to see what other legal advice we have for renters.