What are renters' rights? First and foremost, you have the right to a safe, clean living space. In other words, your landlord has to provide a habitable apartment. Your landlord must address safety concerns, whether through maintenance or repair, address significant pest infestations, and provide working heat, water, and utilities. As a tenant, you are also protected under anti-discrimination laws under the Fair Housing Act. Landlords may not discriminate against or refuse to rent to tenants based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, age, or family status. Some states also protect other groups, such as LGBTQ+. Importantly, you also have a right to privacy and quiet enjoyment of your property, meaning your landlord must provide notice and have sufficient reason to enter your apartments, such as for making a repair or check.