What rights do I have as a tenant or renter?

Your rights as a renter or tenant will be governed by the laws in your State. For information on the laws in your State go to https://www.hud.gov/topics/rental_assistance/tenantrights

For more information about tenant rights or to find a housing counseling agency near you that can help explain your rights as a tenant, go to HUD's website at: https://www.hud.gov/topics/rental_assistance/

To obtain a list of housing counseling agencies by state go to: https://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm or call HUD's interactive voice system at toll free 1-800-569-4287.

For more information about HUD's multifamily programs go to the following HUD website at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/mfh/hsgmfbus or call the Multifamily Housing Clearinghouse at 1-800-685-8470. The line is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Benefits.gov is an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States.  Visit https://www.benefits.gov/  for more information and a link to the Benefit Finder, to find information on government benefits you may be eligible to receive.


All policy information contained in this knowledge base article is based upon the referenced HUD policy document. Any lending or insuring decisions should adhere to the specific information contained in that underlying policy document.

Topic Number: KA-04891