Housatonic Valley Health District abides by the State of Connecticut’s “Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants in Connecticut” handbook.
Per the “Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants in Connecticut” handbook, the landlord must:
- provide a clean apartment when the tenant moves in;
- clean common areas (hallways, stairs, yards, entryways);
- keep hallways and entryways lighted well; and
- keep plumbing and heating systems working (both hot and cold running water).
In addition, the following may be required by state and local housing, health, fire,
and environmental codes and regulations:
- correctly repaired and safe stairways, porches, oors, ceilings, and walls;
- good locks on the doors of the apartment;
- safe re exits from the building;
- two electrical outlets in each room;
- viewing devices on doors that open onto a hallway (in some communities);
- extermination service if the apartment is infested with pests or rodents;
- a working smoke detector;
- appropriate receptacles for the removal of waste items, including providing for
the separation of recyclable items from other solid waste;
- compliance with regulations regarding weatherization standards and procedures (for properties participating in the rental assistance program); and
- a non-electronic option for tenants to pay rent (for rental agreements or leases executed on or aer October 1, 2013).