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

Is this a discrimination situation?

We moved into a mobile home park in october 07. In January of 07 a rule was passed that no dogs over 40 pounds are to reside in the park. However, they let us move in with a 75 pound dog which is very well mannered 1/2 golden/1/2 Australian Shepherd. He is our sons dog […]

I want to file a criminal complaint against my landlord?

I am going through an eviction process due to the lies that my landlord filed against me. I am appealing this evection but my attorney is not representing me in any way shape or form. at the inital hearing the lawyer told the judge that she didnt think that there was anything she could say […]

after an incident can you be evicted?

o.k. we are renting to own from my father, on christmas morning we were watching my sisters dog “who lives with him” and the dog bit my husband making him go to the hospital for infection and a tetnis shot. My father finds out about the bite and get’s mad at us and tell us […]

LANDLORD FROM HELL issue. ???????????

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 […]

Spousal visa to go to Britain?! HELP!?

My husband is from the U.K. and he moved over to the U.S. almost four years ago and we’ve been here ever since. We have two children now as well and life is not going very well over here. In fact we were given our second eviction notice and we need to go back to […]

Problem with landlord in MA?

I had a problem with my ex-landlord. Now I am looking for free professional advice. Actually I am looking for free public attorney. Thank you

LEGAL HOME WORK QUESTION…I need all the help I can get. Thank you?

alicia. beth and cindy are 19.18 and 17 years old respectively. all are students at sju. the sign a lease for a 3 bedroom hous together with their parents from zonal rental inc. the lease requires maintenance by the renters alicia washes her car on a cold night in the driveway. beth as she leaves […]

I have a friend staying at my apartment is that considered subleasing?

My friend stayed with at my apartment for a few days while I was away on business. My landlord knows he is there and says that I am subleasing. I have explained more then once that he is just house sitting and I assured her there was no contract but, she is now wanting me […]

Finding an apartment?

I had an apartment and when i was layed off in december my unemployment checks were not enough to pay rent. I told my situation to my landlord, and also managed to find a job by the end of February and explained to them when i could pay them. The eviction process had already been […]

Landlord died, who owns the house?

In Pennsylvania, my landlord died and his live-in girlfriend claims she’s now the landlord. I guess she’s going on the whole “common-law wife” bit, but when he was alive I wasn’t even allowed to give her the rent! he knew she’d spend it. Her name was and is not on anything having to do with […]