Connecticut Tenant's Right to Rent Disclosure

What Rent Disclosures Do Connecticut Tenants Have the Right To?

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A landlord owns a rental property and agrees to lease it out for a certain dollar amount. In order to rent this property, a tenant must agree to pay this certain dollar amount. In addition to the dollar amount, there are a number of other disclosures a landlord is required to make in the state of Connecticut. Here are a Connecticut tenant’s rights when it comes to rent disclosure.

Rent Terms in Lease Agreement

Connecticut Statute allows the landlord to include certain rent terms in the lease agreement.

These terms are meant for the benefit of both landlord and tenant so that each party fully understands the rent expectations based on the lease. The terms that are spelled out and agreed to in the lease agreement cannot be in violation of any other Connecticut or National law. Examples of rent terms that can be included in a Connecticut lease include:

  • Amount of Rent Due- The lease agreement should specifically state the amount of rent the landlord is charging and the tenant has agreed to pay in order to live in the unit.​
  • Rent Due Date- The lease should state when the rent is due each month, each week or other mutually agreed upon time.
  • Where Rent Will Be Collected- The lease should include where the tenant should drop off the rent when due or where the landlord will pick up the rent.
  • Acceptable Forms of Payment as Rent- To avoid confusion, exactly which forms of payment the landlord will accept as rent should be included in the rent clause of the lease agreement.
  • Grace Period- If the tenant has a certain number of days after the rent due date to pay the rent without penalty, this information should be included in the lease.
  • Late Fees for Late Payment of Rent- If the tenant does not pay the rent on time or within the grace period, he or she may be subject to a late fee. The amount of the late fee should be listed.
  • Nonpayment of Rent- Consequences for nonpayment of rent should be listed in the lease. This includes eviction.
  • Term of the Lease Agreement- The length of the lease agreement. Whether it is weekly, monthly or yearly.

Rent Terms When Not Specifically Listed in Lease

If no specific rent terms are spelled out in the actual lease agreement between landlord and tenant, then certain assumptions will be made about the rent terms.

  • Rent Amount- In Connecticut, if there is no lease agreement that states otherwise, the tenant shall pay the fair market rent price to live in the unit.​
  • When Rent Will Be Collected- If no separate lease clause exists, the rent is due at the beginning of week for weekly tenants and at the beginning of the month for monthly or yearly tenants.
  • Where Rent Will Be Collected- Under Connecticut Statute, the rent will be collected at the dwelling unit of the tenant unless another location is stated in the lease agreement.
  • Forms of Payment- A Connecticut landlord cannot demand that all tenants pay their rent via an electronic funds transfer. There has to be more than one form of payment accepted as rent.
  • Term of Lease Agreement- In the absence of a separate lease clause, the term of the lease will be considered month to month, unless the tenant pay their rent weekly, then the tenant will be considered a week to week tenant.

    Accepting Cash Payments As Rent

    Landlords in the state of Connecticut are legally allowed to accept cash as payment for rent. However, in order to accept a cash payment, the landlord must provide the tenant with a receipt immediately upon receiving the payment.

    The Receipt for Cash Payment Must Include:

    • The Date of Payment
    • The Amount Paid in Cash
    • The Purpose of the Payment- Rent

    Grace Period

    Connecticut Landlord Tenant Statute gives tenants a grace period to pay their rent. This means that if they do not pay the rent on the date due, they will not be penalized if they still pay it within a certain number of days after the due date. In Connecticut, monthly tenants have a nine-day grace period after the due date to pay their rent. Weekly tenants in Connecticut have a four-day grace period after the due date to pay their rent.

    Late Rent Fee

    Landlords in Connecticut have the right to charge their tenants a late fee if the tenant does not pay rent on time. However, the landlord cannot charge this fee until after the grace period expires. In the case of monthly tenants, 9 days after rent is due and weekly tenants, 4 days after rent is due.

    Connecticut law does not state how much a landlord is allowed to charge as a late fee. The terms and amount of the late fee must be listed and agreed to in the signed lease agreement.

    Rent Increase

    Connecticut Landlord Tenant Statute does not include any specific rules when it comes to rent increases. However, a landlord cannot raise a tenant’s rent during the term of the lease agreement. At the end of the lease agreement, the landlord can notify the tenant of the rent increase. The exception to this rule would be if other terms for increasing rent were spelled out and agreed to in the lease agreement.

    Retaliatory rent increases by the landlord are never allowed. An example of raising the rent in retaliation would be for a tenant complaining about conditions at the rental property or for the tenant becoming a member of a tenant’s union.

    Notice to Terminate for Nonpayment

    If a Connecticut tenant has not paid their rent within the grace period allowed, then the landlord has a right to send the tenant a written notice to quit possession of the property. This notice must be made at least three days prior to the desired date of termination of lease.

    This notice must include:

    • The name and address of the tenant,
    • The reason the tenant is being served the notice and
    • The date the tenant must be out by.

    After the lease agreement has been terminated, the tenant can agree to move-out of the unit or can live in the unit until the eviction process is carried out

    Connecticut’s Law on Rent Disclosure

    If you would like to read the original text on Connecticut’s law regarding rent disclosure, please consult Connecticut General Statutes Annotated §§ Sec. 47a-1. - Sec. 47a-4c., Sec. 47a-15a. and Sec.47a-23 -47a-23e.