The modern law of landlord and tenant has historical roots dating to medieval England. Today in the U.S. landlord-tenant law is governed primarily by state law. The law differs widely from one jurisdiction to another.
Federal law plays a role. Federal fair housing laws apply nation-wide. Usually there are state and local fair housing laws that may amend the federal law with additional protections and requirements. Also, federal law concerning lead based paint applies to residential tenancies. Some tenants may receive Section 8 voucher benefits which are regulated by federal law.
Different laws usually apply to commercial tenancies as opposed to residential tenancies. In some jurisdictions there are laws specific to other types of tenancies, such as mobile home lots.
Though there is a great variation in landlord-tenant law there have been some attempts at more uniformity, most notably the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Even so, the various states that have adopted the URLTA have often amended it upon and/or after adoption. Also, the courts in these states may not interpret the URLTA consistently.
more drama….i’m annoyed that i even have to ask these questions, but i’ve been scouring the internet and i’m having a problem trying to gather this information….basically my aunt (the landlord) is trying to evict some tenants as quickly as possible.. they’re in jail and we would like to get them out on “abandonment of […]
my landlord forced me to take down a religious symbol because another tenant complained that it offended him;?
My 11 year old son made a nice picture of a pentagram, symbolizing earth, air, fire, water, spirit. It was hanging on the inside of our apartment. He put it there to protect himself from negative energy of our mean, nasty, irrational, threatening, scary neighbor. This man swore up and down at me to take […]
My mom passed away a week ago, she rented her home and her landlord called me today to tell me he changed the locks until I can show Power of Attorney or executors papers? I am an only child, my mom didn’t have any money or accounts just her personal belongings. From what I’ve read […]
I moved out of my apartment on July 19 and my lease was up on July 31. On August 20 I received a check for my security deposit for $366, when it was supposed to be for $400. I texted my ex-landlord (that is her preferred way of communicating, it it how we have always […]
I live in Colorado and my landlord has said she is filing for bankruptcy and wants me to move out in sixty days will allow me 30 days rent and $300 to move. I don’t want to move, I sent a certified letter saying “I can’t accept your offer.” She has her home up for […]
What do I need to do to fight my landlord/Insurance co for excessive charges to repair my apartment after fire?
FACTS: My apartment caught fire while I was not home in mid Nov 09. The fire was in fact caused by something of mine that my cat was playing with which touched the floor heater while I was gone. I thought that by turning the thermostat all the way to the left, the heater was […]
Do i have to pay rent in a home i rent that is in the forclosure process. is there a florida website that i can ccheck a statute. i am month to month and have made agreement(w/landlord) to pay less but now being told i am not obligated to pay at all. What is the […]
Landlord-tenant dispute – Commonwealth of Virginia I signed a lease for a rental property. Contained within the lease was a clause that allowed me to move and store my items in the basement area on 7/26/2010 while the “turn” was being performed on the upstairs portion with actual physical move-in date of 8/4/2010. The property […]
My lease states that all tenants are supposed to put ALL utilities in their name. Later on it states that if we don’t pay our utilities on time and the landlord ends up paying them, we will receive a warning. Second offense results in a $50 fine. That’s all it says about utilities. About a […]
Ok. . .on January 18th, 2007 I was arrestted for a probation violation and sentenced to 4 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ–prison). After serving 16 months, I was let out on parole. I have gone back to my old apartment to see if I can recover any of my property, but the […]