QUESTION: Who is my landlord?

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The super of the building we are trying to rent is trying to scam us out of money. He wont let us meet or talk to the landlord, because he is trying to pocket money and make us pay twice for the same month. Is there a way that I can find out who the landlord of the building is with just the address?


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Yes, property ownership is a matter of public record, and many US counties have property registry databases that are online. They are most often found on the website of the county clerk's office. If your county does not have online access to public records, you will likely have to visit the county clerk's office in person.

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Be aware that many owners use property management companies, which I don't think is public record. But getting the owners name (may not even live in the area) could help you find out who is managing your building. If the property is being managed by a company you could check with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) to see if complaints have been filed in the past and to file one of your own.

For most areas, landlord and

For most areas, landlord and tenant laws are guided by the municipal ordinances of your city/village/town. For example, in Chicago we have the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance which states that a tenant must always have the contact info and address of a landlord. Do you have a local or county law library? They are usually located in either the public library or a county courthouse. My guess is that the librarians there will be able to show you a copy of your local municipal ordinances, which should have a section for landlord tenant law.

When all else fails, find a copy of your state compiled laws, find the index, and look up Landlord/Tenant.

Hope that helps. :)

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