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.
Me and my boyfriend were suppose to move into an apartment we found on craigslist on october 1st , we signed a lease that states the 1st would be our move in date. Our landlords changed our move in date because of previous tenants.. On the 3rd we drove by the apartment to see if […]
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 $700 were paid before moving in. My […]
Ok, to make a long story short we pay 485$ 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 […]
Help!! My landlord is not only holding on to my deposit, he is trying to bill me for things that are not true!?
I rented from a coworker who owned the Condo but him and his son were listed as landlords on the contract. Before I moved out, the carpets were steam cleaned and everything washable was scrubbed from ceiling to floor. There was only normal wear and tear on the carpets. The walls only had a few […]
I live in Marion County Florida. When I rented my home in July of 2010 I signed a1 year lease. I gave the landlord (real estate property manager) First and last month’s rent ($1350 each) plus one month Security Deposit ($1350) plus a $250 non refundable pet deposit. I just notified them that we will […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I held a lease with my landlord for 4 years. I have recently left the country for a job abroad. I gave my landlord notice, and he assured me I would get my security deposit back (I have this in emails). The terms of my lease says that the landlord must return the deposit within […]