Landlord/Tenant laws are designed to protect both parties in residency agreements for both commercial and residential properties. They can be quite complex. These laws vary greatly from state to state but, as a general rule, each will have a section outlining the rights, restrictions, and expectations of the tenant and another similar section devoted to the landlord.
Some of the across-the-board regulations include:
•Landlords must give tenants notice before entering a rental premises (generally one to two days)
•Tenants must uphold certain maintenance obligations
•Tenants are responsible for the behaviors of any and all guests they invite to the property
•The agreement can’t be changed without the permission of both parties involved (or failing that the due diligence of one party to meet specified guidelines for amending the agreement)
•Landlords and tenants can terminate a rental agreement for a variety of reasons but termination must be preceded by verbal or written notice of intent
While these laws were put on the books with the intent of giving both parties a level playing field, landlords generally have access to a larger amount of resources (financial or otherwise) which may aide them in the event of a dispute. Continue reading