Landlord-Tenant Law

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.

Landlord-Tenant Blog

Is my landlord obeying ohio law by not returning my security deposit?

My friend and I found a house to rent, and the landlord told us that it was a month-to-month lease. The rent was $700 per month, and the deposit was also $700. We signed a contract stating that a security deposit of $700 and first month’s rent of $700 were paid before moving in. My […]

Landlord is trying to illegally evict?

Ok, to make a long story short we pay 485$ a month in rent. We decided one month to pay the current month and next months rent so we could get it out of the way. That means we gave our landlord 970$. We went there, gave him the envelope with the cash, counted it […]

What all can i sue Landlord for?

When my husband and I met our landlord, we came to the agreement that my husband would work for him and we would get his pay to pay utilities with and use trustee assistance for he rent. When we moved into the house, all repair work stopped and the Landlord refuses to pay us as […]

Can my landlord kick me out?

my wife and i moved into a small one bedroom house in July. we paid a 475 dollar deposit (375 +100 for pets). our rent each month is 375. on October 30th, the city came by and put up a notice on the house saying we have to get out because the landlord owes $500 […]

Landlord left me in an apartment with a carbon monoxide leak.?

I have been living in this apt for about 2 yrs. I have been falling asleep and not waking up for at least 10 hours. I have been extremely sleepy, and not feeling right. ( I set 3 alarms to wake me up in the morning) none of my alarms can wake me up. I […]

Nightmare Landlord-SLUMLORD?

I lived in an apt for a little less than the year. My landlord was a total nightmare to deal with. Slow to make repairs or return calls, wouldn’t follow up on complaints, etc. I than took a fall on slippery stairs and broke my tailbone, on the property. I contacted him to let him […]