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  • rental agreement

    An oral or written agreement between a tenant and a landlord, made before the tenant moves in that sets the terms of the tenancy, like the amount of the rent and when it is due. See lease and periodic...

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  • rental application form

    A form that a landlord may ask a tenant to fill out before renting that asks for information about the tenant, like the tenant's address, telephone number, employment history, and credit references....

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  • rental unit

    an apartment, house, duplex, condominium, or room that a landlord rents to a tenant to live in. When a tenant uses the rental unit to live in, it is called a "residential rental unit."...

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  • renter's insurance

    Insurance that protects the tenant's property against losses, including theft or fire. This insurance usually also protects the tenant against liability (legal responsibility) for claims or lawsuits f...

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  • repair and deduct remedy

    The tenant's remedy of deducting from future rent the amount necessary to repair defects covered by the implied warranty of habitability. The amount deducted cannot be more than one month's rent. Tena...

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  • report and sentence

    The proceeding that happens after a conviction in a criminal case in which the judge reviews the probation report and sentences the defendant....

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  • reporter

    A court official that records the proceedings in trials, including the questions asked of, and answers made by, witnesses....

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  • request for admission

    A method of discovery in which 1 party formally and in writing asks the opposing party to admit the truth of certain facts relevant to a case. (See also discovery.)...

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  • reset

    To put on the court calendar again. (See also calendar.)...

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  • residency

    The usual, official place of residence. The place where a person makes his or her home....

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  • residential hotel

    Any building that contains six or more guest rooms or efficiency units that are designed, used, rented or occupied for sleeping purposes by guests, and which is the primary residence of these guests....

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  • respondent

    The person against whom an appeal is made; the responding party in a dissolution, nullity, adoption, or probate case. (See also dissolution, nullity.)...

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  • restitution

    The act of restoring or giving the equivalent value to compensate for an injury, damage, or loss....

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  • restraining order

    A court order that tells a person to stop doing something for a certain amount of time, usually until a court hearing is held. (See also injunction.)...

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  • retaliatory eviction or action

    An act by a landlord, like raising a tenant's rent, trying to evict a tenant, or punishing a tenant because the tenant has asserted his or her rights as a tenant....

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