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

Can tenant get moving costs if landlord is neglectful in Rhode Island?

2 months ago I reported a mice infestation and the lanlord laid some traps and poison. 2 weeks ago I saw their droppings all over my kitchen and bed!! I told him and he said since his traps had caught nothing, he would bring more poison and more traps. I want him to call a […]

Does anyone know any good landlords that have houses 4 rent?

Hello My Name is kellyI am in need of a three or four bedroom house within the philadelphia area i really really need to move by august 21,2008 I am willing to pay at least 700.00 in a nice area I already have 1,400 for the security deposit. I f theres any honest landlords or […]

Should I sue Landlord?

Long story short, we were given a notice from the city last week telling us that we need to move. I took the notice to a legal aid attorney and he said that we have to leave asap. That the city has condemned the place due to electrical problems. Well we have no where to […]

Can someone help me please?

Hello My Name is kelly I am in need of a three or four bedroom house within the philadelphia area i really need to move by august 21,2008 I am willing to pay at least 700.00 in a nice area I already have . I f theres any honest landlords or realestates out there please […]

Hassling Landlord!!!?

My landlord (actually his son-in-law, who now has “power of attorney”) is renovating the parking lot to better serve the business of the nail salon tenants downstairs and is telling me that I have too many vehicles out there. Right now, they are spread out at work and at my mothers, but cannot stay there […]

Crazy tenants – please advise!!?

This is my third post about this matter and I really appreciate everyones advise. As you may or may not know, we made the mistake of locking in a tenant into a 3 year lease that has been horrible from day one – that are aggressive, vicious, constantly causing trouble and are very clearly trying […]

Can crooked landlord come after me legally?

I was injured on a slippery walkway at my apartment building. As a result I had a broken tailbone. Since the landlord was not agreeable to cover the medical expenses I had to hire a personal injury attorney. Shortly after receiving a letter that my landlord was being sued to cover the costs, he sent […]