Tip of the Month - October, 2019
Taking Steps to Reduce Legal Difficulties
Source: Landlording-4th Edition
By: Leigh Robinson/David Patton/Nancy Robinson
at the federal, state, and local levels have been busy for a long, long
time passing law after law to help keep society running smoothly and
peacefully, and they have not neglected landlording.
There are laws at the state level which
govern tenancies at every stage, from the creation of the tenancy
through the duration, termination, and aftermath. State laws tell you
what your rights and responsibilities as a rental property owner are
and what your tenants rights and responsibilities are. They outline the
proper procedures for evictions. They expand the federal
anti-discrimination standards. They go into contracts, deposits,
notices, employer/employee relationships, liens, vehicle towing,
maintenance, subletting, abandonment, bad checks, retaliation, health,
safety. In short, state laws cover almost every conceivable aspect of
Most every county courthouse has a law
library. You can also call your public library and ask if they have
copies of federal and state laws that lawyers and judges use. You can
also contact your local housing agency, they have to follow the same
laws governing rental housing.
This web page was updated on 10/01/2019.