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

small claims court/ landlord-tenant?

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 […]

Do I have cause to break a home rental lease IL?

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 […]

Landlord damage dispute and insurance company subrogation?

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, […]

Legal question, Please help us and our Landlord?

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 […]