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.
Hi there, Can you take someone to small claims court for immediate resolution on small matters, although plan to pursue all the issues later? I have started to seek out an attorney for a huge, lengthy situation including an illegal eviction with my former landlord…however there are many criminal charges against her for what she […]
I tried to make it more clear here since the previous question may be confused to you the way I explain. how much does it cost if we want to hire an attorney to get the deposit back? I wait until April 22`st 2011, since we moved out on March 31st 2011.we have not received […]
Can I break lease because landlored refuses to speak to me concerning minor repairs. sent letter, no response so I called. after 3 weeks and 4 attempts, reached landlord 0 hung up on me and 2 days later received a letter from attorney stating not to do this again. Have since found home never had […]
Beginning of August, I moved in with a girl who was a friend of a friend. She had gotten an apartment with her boyfriend but they broke up so he moved out. She needed someone to move in and help her pay rent so i came to the rescue. I was getting paid under the […]
Over the holidays I left my college apartment to return home. I was notified on Christmas Eve that my pipes had frozen due to me turning my heat off. The landlord informed me that this happened every year and the average costs were $1000-2000 for the tenants involved. As terrible as this was to hear, […]
Can my landlord and neighbors ban a friend of mine they don’t like due to sexual orientation from visiting me?
My landlord a couple months ago starting spreading lies about a friend of mine. My friend is a trans gender, however he is being accused of being a sex offender due to his sexual orientation (he cross dresses). He doesn’t bother the neighbors and he keeps to himself when he and his wife visits. They […]
My new office mate continues to bring his pet to work despite the fact that he received a letter from the landlord more than 30 days ago indicating that the pet is a nuisance and can no longer be brought to the office. The office mate knew when he signed the one year lease that […]
Hello. I’m from the big island of Hawaii. My wife, a 6-month old baby and I are renting a downstairs unit from an elderly man for about a week now and just a couple days ago he informed us that he has been accused of molesting and pointing a gun at a teen relative sometime […]
Is there a PA landlord tenant law stating that any changes to the lease upon renwal, must be in writing?
My landlord had provided we with a lease renewal offer stating increase of rent along with a utility addendum. 15 days after the lease has renewed for the new lease term (starting 9/1), the landlord sends me a letter stating that at the start of my new lease term, I will be responsbible for additional […]
Michigan Landlord/ Tenant Law Question: Previous Landlord is suing for $3783.80.He retained security/pet dep?
Michigan Landlord/ Tenant Law Question: Previous Landlord is suing for $3783.80.He retained security/pet dep? Both landlords visited us throughout our 19 month stay either for repairs or just to stop by. Each time they visited, they expressed immense gratitude for how well we kept the home up (we are immaculate…a tad OCD). We had carpets […]