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

Hardship Withdrawls from TSA – Serious answer only please?

My hours have been cut at work , I have money in a TSA that I’m trying to withdraw to pay my bills and when things get better replace it for retirement. Apparently the law changed this year and I can only withdraw based on hardship, I’m falling behind on my rent and I received […]

What do you do if you find black mold in your house?

We just moved into a house on June 15th, which we’re renting. The day we moved in we started to realize that around the back door it was COVERED with black mold. Now, I’ve read up on the type of mold that it is and it’s very toxic! Everyone in my house is sick, and […]

What can I do about my sister-in-law and neice?

My SIL is a terrible example of a mother, IMO. She is lazy, doesn’t clean up (has been evicted several times and kicked off of the state housing authority) due to this issue, has never taught her soon to be 14 year old daughter correct hygeine in any way shape or form. My Niece is […]

How can I get a gag order?

I have my landlord *county agency* calling my states attorney and my public defender. The landlord is now telling me to move out in a week. I have court on Monday and I would like to know how I can get a gag order and do I have the right to get one?

Tenant/Landlord Security Deposit Conflict (State of California)?

In September 2006, there was an illegal activity at my old apartment and one of my guest was involved. The landlord posted a 3-day notice on my door on September 27, 2006. and on September 30, 2006, while I was away my family moved my stuff out because they didn’t fully understand the law. I […]

landlord tenant case?

someone stole a few belongings from my friends apartment in september and the landlord said if she secure the apartment it would be deducted form the rent. My friend was pregnant and didnt feel safe so she got window gates and a new door lock installed. A few weeks later thats when she was told […]

Is there a charge for an escrow account?

My landlord is going to owner financing the home I am renting so I can purchase it. Their attorney has drawn up a contract. The attorney is claiming to be the escrow agent and is adding money into the monthly payment, I am guessing for an escrow fee ($11.69). Is that normal to pay an […]

Rate the collab – Turk Cobain (aka Tha Prince) & M. Thought?

Something Turk Cobain (aka Tha Prince) and me did, since a lot of my other questions about the Y!A collab were reported. It was turned into a two person collab. Sorry for all the people would were willing to jump on, I might try it again later on. Instrumental: Tha Prince: I’m in the upper […]

Water turned off at apartment for non-payment from landlord?

I live in an apartment bldg where i have been having so many problems with the living standards here. I have been here for a year and the landlord wont come fix up my apartment i have made attempts with list letters calling over the phone and contacting a legal aid attorney, the thing is […]