Rental Laws

Last Updated: June 14, 2023

A library of detailed information about local, state and federal laws governing landlords, tenants, real estate investors, rental properties and residential property owners.

Landlord Tenant Rights

Additional breakdowns of landlord tenant laws by area:

  • Security Deposits – limits on the maximum deposit charge, deadlines for refunds and more.
  • Eviction Process – how the eviction process works, the steps involved and how long it takes to complete it.
  • Breaking a Lease Early – all legally acceptable reasons a tenant can break a lease early without penalty.
  • Cost of Breaking a Lease Early – all the different costs that a tenant may have to pay upon leaving the rental unit early.
  • Subletting – State-by-state rules on when tenants are allowed to sublease the unit, and when they need to notify the landlord

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Homeowner Associations (HOAs)

A summary of state statutes and regulations that govern Homeowner Associations. Specifically, answers on how they’re regulated, what powers they do (and don’t) have and what rules exist for leaving, joining and dissolving them.

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Small Claims Court Process

Information about how the Small Claims Court process works in each state. Additionally, read about the rules covering costs, statute of limitations, maximum claim limits, penalties, and more.

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Miscellaneous Laws & Regulations

  • Snow Removal Laws – state legislation involving the removal/clearing of snow on residential properties.
  • Rent Control Laws – state and local legislation on rent control (regulations governing rent prices and increases).
  • Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Laws – state requirements for carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms for both existing and new residential properties.