Landlord and Tenant Law Guide

This comprehensive guide provides information regarding the rights and responsibilities that landlords and tenants have in rental contracts. There are strict guidelines to follow in terms of landlord and tenant law. When signing a contract, both parties become contractually obligated to perform certain duties and accept responsibilities. Learn more about negotiating leases, how to handle disagreements, how to handle evictions, and the Fair Housing Act.

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  • ContentWhat is Landlord Tenant Law?

    Landlord Tenant Laws regulate the relationship between one who owns real property (i.e., land, houses, buildings, etc.) and those to whom he or she gives certain rights of use and possession. Landlord tenant laws grew out of the English Common Law, and contains elements of both real property law and contracts, though most jurisdictions have added a number of more modern considerations, as well.

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  • ContentLease Agreements and Negotiations

    When renting or leasing property, it is vital that the agreement signed is understood fully by both parties. Many landlords have a standard lease form that they use for all tenants; however, a tenant may want specific changes.Learn more about lease negotiations and considerations.

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  • ContentLaws Governing Everyday Living Disputes

    There are some landlord/tenant disputes that may not be covered in contracts. These include everyday activities such as how package deliveries are handled, rules for smoking on the property, and dealing with noisy neighbors.

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  • ContentLandlord's Legal Obligations for Maintenance and Repair

    A landlord has an obligation to provide a habitable living environment for their tenants and has an ongoing duty to make repairs and maintenance in a reasonable amount of time. There should be clauses in the original lease agreement that lay out the responsibilities of the landlord.

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  • ContentEviction and Lease Termination

    When a tenant has not paid rent or has caused another complication, eviction often becomes a necessity. It is important for the landlord and tenant to have agreed on what constitutes an eviction. Discover more about when to evict a tenant and how to fight an eviction as a tenant.

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  • ContentDiscrimination Protections Under the Fair Housing Act

    The Fair Housing Act is implemented throughout the United States so that renters are protected from potential discrimination. This works with the Civil Rights Act to protect discrimination against race, disabilities, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

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  • ContentHow A Lawyer Can Help with Landlord and Tenant Disagreements

    Although many people sign a lease with no real estate lawyer involved, there are instances when a lawyer should be consulted. Lawyers can help to ensure that the contracts are beneficial for their client, and can help write a contract which will lead to fewer future disputes.

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