Landlord Rights and Obligations

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What Are the Rights and Obligations of Landlords?

Most landlord-tenant agreements are laid out in a lease. A lease is a contractual document that spells out the length of the landlord-tenant relationship, the use of the property, type of occupancy, and any type of restriction on the property, such as smoking or having pets.

However, even outside of a lease or in the absence, a landlord still owes certain duties to their tenants, and is entitled to a number of rights.

What Are a Landlord's Rights Without a Lease?

A landlord has the right to:

What Are a Landlord's Obligations In a Lease?

A landlord is obligated to:

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Landlord-tenant law is incredibly specific to the area the property is located. For example, in addition to state law, one city may offer rent control, whereas the next town over may not. The above tips are just a few of the general rights that landlords should be aware of. To help make your life as a landlord easier, it would be wise to consult with an experienced real estate lawyer who is familiar with the law in your area.

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Last Modified: 06-30-2014 11:13 AM PDT

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