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.
I won a landlord/tenant case against me in Pa. The losing party has filed an appeal. How does one reply to this without an attorney?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Pandora’s Box Twist may or may not contain a saving grace in the form of a KEY. A KEY which Natalie didn’t want anyone else to find and even LIED to Jeff to keep him from finding it. But Jeff FOUND the Key anyway. Natalie tried to keep Jeff out of the HOH room […]
I was just evicted from my rented Missouri property. I lost most of my property. Do I have any rights?
My landlord filed a judgment against me for rent. I paid rent owed before the court date but still owed late fees. I didnt think I needed to go to court and I had called the landlords attorney on 3 seperate occasions without a response. I didnt go to court and later received a notice […]
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 […]
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 […]