State Laws

Landlord-tenant laws are written in a different language – legalese. Legalese is a complicated language written by lawmakers that transforms clear concepts into convoluted blocks of text.

Unfortunately, as an investor and as a landlord you need to know what laws apply to your investment to protect it. Not only are the laws complex, but they also vary by state. So, if you’ve invested in multiple states, you’re playing by different rule books in each one.

For that reason, many landlords and investors use property management companies. Property managers know what laws are applicable for the types of properties they manage – it’s their job. Additionally, you can hire different property managers for different properties you manage. Meaning, you can find different companies for different states.

However, if you don’t want to hire a property manager or if you want to make sure that your property manager is playing by the rules, you should know the laws too.

Fortunately, you don’t need to spend hours in front of your computer or at the library trying to interpret what the state lawmakers meant when they wrote a specific law. We’ve sifted through the legalese and translated it into English.

This set of guides simplifies state statutes and laws into clear and concise sentences.

New York

Natalie Calvo