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 has not returned deposit check within 30 day time? I rented an apartment in Canonsburg, Pa and put up with flooding, heating issues, and lack of maintenance problems for the entire year of my lease, but I sucked it up. My lease ended on the 30 of April 2010. I went into the landlord’s […]
I found out from a listing in my local newspaper that the house im renting is in foreclosure and scheduled for auction May 4, 2010. I have tried to contact the landlord/property manager, with no success. I was able to confront my landlord face to face about the listing and the fact that the bank […]
Our business has two years left on its lease. The building is a dump, to the point where I cannot conduct business here and people have turned down jobs because of the state of disrepair of the building. When I signed the lease I included a letter stating I was signing on the condition that […]
Early today my roommate and I were asleep when we both were awakened by a god awful pounding on the door. Then I heard my roommate scream from the other room, but I just figured it was one of our friends who always pounds on our door that way because I didn’t hear any further […]
My and my fiancee are going through a hard time, our car was repossessed, he lost his job, and i have yet to find work since having a baby girl 5 months ago. we are 2 months behind on our rent and just received the eviction papers a week ago. i mailed off a letter […]
A few months ago while on vacation, landlord hired a new property manager for my building. I had turned the electricity off to save $$ while I was away. The new manager mistakenly assumed that the apartment had been abandoned. I was completely up to date on my rent, but he did not bother to […]
I am a landlord for a trailer park. The property is in foreclosure. The property is owned by a development company. There is attorney calling me and telling me I cannot collect rent b/c of the foreclosure or they will take me to jail. Yet my boss tells me to keep collecting… What should I […]
My landlord is pending eviction for not paying rent on November 1 which is stated in black and white in lease?
They are threatening to evict me for not abiding by my lease. It states in black and white “First full months rent is due and payable not later than November 1.” When I called them and told them what my lease says, they said that there was a mistake and the person was to call […]
i own my mobile home, but rent the space my landlord is trying to evict me for no good reason. he is just saying “owner wants possession”. I am current with my lot rent, my yard is clean, all vehicles are fully legal, and i dont owe any thing on my mobilehome. we are quiet […]
I need the name of a good attorney, that won’t hold back. My commercial landlord evicted me without a court order, falsfified eviction papers, used his “status” in a small town to have the chief of police threaten to arrest me, got my utilities disconnected that were in my name, told the post office to […]