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Landlord Legislation in Mississippi

Below is a list of laws for landlords in Mississippi. New resources, bills and articles are updated daily. You can also type in a Bill Number or Keyword in the search bar to find additional details on laws.

MS SB2317 Landlords; prohibit discriminatory action against prospective or current tenant based on source of income.

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-11, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide That A Landlord May Not Take Certain Discriminatory Action Against A Tenant Based On The Source Of Income Of An Otherwise Eligible Prospective Or Current Tenant; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Angela Turner-Ford
Last Action
Died In Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2021-sb2317/

MS SC538 Request Attorney General to petition the Mississippi Supreme Court to establish Covid-19 Landlord-Tenant Eviction Resolution Program.

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
A Concurrent Resolution Requesting The Attorney General Of The State Of Mississippi To Petition The Mississippi Supreme Court To Implement A Covid-19 Landlord-tenant Eviction Resolution Program For Litigants To Participate In Prior To The Filing Of Court Action In Order To Fairly Address The Influx Of Eviction Actions Following The Lifting Of Certain Federal Government And Court-ordered Moratoria On Nonpayment Evictions.
Sponsors
Philip Moran John Polk Jeremy England
Last Action
Referred To Rules
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2021-sc538/

MS SB2242 Landlord-tenant law; revise.

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-23, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Enact Certain Sanctions On Landlords Who Violate Specific Duties Under The Residential Landlord-tenant Act; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Derrick Simmons
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2021-sb2242/

MS SB2645 Discriminatory action by landlord against prospective or current tenant based on source of income; prohibit.

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-11, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide That A Landlord May Not Take Certain Discriminatory Action Against A Tenant Based On The Source Of Income Of An Otherwise Eligible Prospective Or Current Tenant; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Angela Turner-Ford
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2020-sb2645/

MS SB2540 Landlord-tenant law; revise.

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-23, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Enact Certain Sanctions On Landlords Who Violate Specific Duties Under The Residential Landlord-tenant Act; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Derrick Simmons
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2020-sb2540/

MS SB2341 Landlord-tenant law; revise.

Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-23, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Enact Certain Sanctions On Landlords Who Violate Specific Duties Under The Residential Landlord-tenant Act; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Derrick Simmons
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2019-sb2341/

MS SB2716 Landlord/tenant act; clarify eviction and stay of proceedings.

Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-7-31, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Clarify When A Complaint For Eviction Is Triable; To Amend Sections 89-7-35, 89-7-41 And 89-7-45, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Clarify When A Warrant For Eviction Is To Be Issued And When A Stay Of Execution Is Or Is Not Appropriate; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Angela Burks Hill David Parker
Last Action
Approved by Governor
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2019-sb2716/

MS SB2914 Landlord/tenant act; clarify eviction and stay of proceedings.

Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-7-31, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Clarify When A Complaint For Eviction Is Triable; To Amend Sections 89-7-35, 89-7-41 And 89-7-45, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Clarify When A Warrant For Eviction Is To Be Issued And When A Stay Of Execution Is Or Is Not Appropriate; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Brice Wiggins
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2019-sb2914/

MS SB2473 Residential Landlord/Tenant Act; revise to give more protections to landlords.

Introduced Session

2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-7-27, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require A Tenant To Be Removed From The Premises When The Tenant Holds Over Without The Landlord's Permission Or Defaults On The Rent Payment; To Allow Notice To A Holdover Or Defaulting Tenant Via Email Or Text Message If So Specified In The Written Agreement Between The Parties; To Amend Section 89-7-29, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Removal Of A Tenant For Nonpayment Of Rent And Any Late Fees; To Amend Section 89-7-39, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Prohibit Hearings For Eviction Due To The Nonpayment Of Rent To Be Continued Beyond 45 Days; To Amend Section 89-7-45, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Any Late Fees Accrued Under The Rental Agreement To Also Be Paid Before The Issuance Of A Warrant Will Be Stayed; To Remove The Ability Of A Tenant To Give Satisfactory Security Instead Of Paying The Rent Due; To Amend Section 89-7-49, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Remove The Discretion Of The Justice Court Judge To Put The Landlord In Possession Of The Premises When A Tenant Fails To Pay Rent; To Amend Section 89-8-7, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Expand The Definition Of "rent" To Include Any Late Fees That A Defaulting Tenant Is Required To Pay Under The Rental Agreement; To Amend Section 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Revise The Notice Required To Be Given When A Rental Agreement Is Breached From 30 Days To 14 Days; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Angela Burks Hill
Last Action
Approved by Governor
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2018-sb2473/

MS HB548 Landlord-tenant law; revise certain provisions related to the nonpayment of rent.

Introduced Session

2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-7-27, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require A Tenant To Be Removed From The Premises When The Tenant Holds Over Without The Landlord's Permission Or Defaults On His Or Her Rent Payment; To Allow Notice To A Holdover Or Defaulting Tenant Via Email Or Text Message; To Amend Section 89-7-29, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Removal Of A Tenant For Nonpayment Of Rent And Any Late Fees; To Amend Section 89-7-31, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Make Minor Nonsubstantive Changes; To Amend Section 89-7-39, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Prohibit Adjournments During Hearings For Eviction Due To The Nonpayment Of Rent For Allowing The Hearing To Extend Beyond A Period Of More Than 30 Days; To Amend Section 89-7-45, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Any Late Fees Accrued Under The Rental Agreement To Also Be Paid Before The Issuance Of A Warrant Will Be Stayed; To Remove The Ability Of A Tenant To Give Satisfactory Security Instead Of Paying The Rent Due; To Amend Section 89-7-49, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Remove The Discretion Of The Justice Court Judge To Put The Landlord In Possession Of The Premises When A Tenant Fails To Pay Rent; To Amend Section 89-8-7, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Expand The Definition Of "rent" To Include Any Late Fees That A Defaulting Tenant Is Required To Pay Under The Rental Agreement; To Amend Section 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Revise The Notice Required To Be Given When A Rental Agreement Is Breached From Thirty Days To Fourteen Days; To Bring Forward Sections 89-7-7, 89-7-25, 89-7-35, 89-7-37, 89-7-41, 89-8-11, 89-8-17, 11-25-11, 11-25-19, 11-25-21, 11-25-23, 11-25-109, 11-25-111 And 11-25-113, Mississippi Code Of 1972, For The Purpose Of Possible Amendment; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Chris Johnson Cory Wilson
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2018-hb548/

MS SB2246 Landlord-tenant law; revise.

Introduced Session

2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-23, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Enact Certain Sanctions On Landlords Who Violate Specific Duties Under The Residential Landlord-tenant Act; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Derrick Simmons
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2018-sb2246/

MS SB2657 Landlord-tenant law; revise certain provisions related to the nonpayment of rent.

Introduced Session

2018 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-7-27, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require A Tenant To Be Removed From The Premises When The Tenant Holds Over Without The Landlord's Permission Or Defaults On His Or Her Rent Payment; To Allow Notice To A Holdover Or Defaulting Tenant Via Written Notice Delivered To The Premises Plus Email Or Text Message; To Amend Section 89-7-29, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Removal Of A Tenant For Nonpayment Of Rent And Any Late Fees; To Amend Section 89-7-39, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Prohibit Adjournments During Hearings For Eviction Due To The Nonpayment Of Rent Or Allowing The Hearing To Extend Beyond A Period Of More Than 30 Days; To Amend Section 89-7-45, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Any Late Fees Accrued Under The Rental Agreement To Also Be Paid Before The Issuance Of A Warrant Will Be Stayed; To Remove The Ability Of A Tenant To Give Satisfactory Security Instead Of Paying The Rent Due; To Amend Section 89-7-49, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Remove The Discretion Of The Justice Court Judge To Put The Landlord In Possession Of The Premises When A Tenant Fails To Pay Rent; To Amend Section 89-8-7, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Expand The Definition Of "rent" To Include Any Late Fees That A Defaulting Tenant Is Required To Pay Under The Rental Agreement; To Amend Section 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Revise The Notice Required To Be Given When A Rental Agreement Is Breached From 30 Days To 14 Days; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Sally Doty Walter Michel Joel Carter Chris Massey Kevin Blackwell
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2018-sb2657/

MS HB843 Landlord-tenant law; revise certain provisions related to the nonpayment of rent.

Introduced Session

2017 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-7-27, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require A Tenant To Be Removed From The Premises When The Tenant Holds Over Without The Landlord's Permission Or Defaults On His Or Her Rent Payment; To Allow Notice To A Holdover Or Defaulting Tenant Via E-mail Or Text Message; To Amend Section 89-7-29, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Removal Of A Tenant For Nonpayment Of Rent And Any Late Fees; To Bring Forward Section 89-7-31, Mississippi Code Of 1972, For The Purpose Of Possible Amendment; To Amend Section 89-7-39, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Prohibit Adjournments During Hearings For Eviction Due To The Nonpayment Of Rent For Allowing The Hearing To Extend Beyond A Period Of More Than 30 Days; To Amend Section 89-7-45, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Any Late Fees Accrued Under The Rental Agreement To Also Be Paid Before The Issuance Of A Warrant Will Be Stayed; To Remove The Ability Of A Tenant To Give Satisfactory Security Instead Of Paying The Rent Due; To Amend Section 89-7-49, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Remove The Discretion Of The Justice Court Judge To Put The Landlord In Possession Of The Premises When A Tenant Fails To Pay Rent; To Amend Section 89-8-7, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Expand The Definition Of "rent" To Include Any Late Fees That A Defaulting Tenant Is Required To Pay Under The Rental Agreement; To Amend Section 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Revise The Notice Required To Be Given When A Rental Agreement Is Breached From Thirty Days To Fourteen Days; To Bring Forward Sections 89-7-7, 89-7-23, 89-7-25, 89-7-33, 89-7-35, 89-7-37, 89-7-41, 89-7-43, 89-7-47, 89-8-11, 89-8-17, 11-25-11, 11-25-19, 11-25-21, 11-25-23, 11-25-109, 11-25-111 And 11-25-113, Mississippi Code Of 1972, For The Purpose Of Possible Amendment; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Chris Johnson
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2017-hb843/

MS SB2732 Landlord-tenant law; revise.

Introduced Session

2017 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-23, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Enact Certain Sanctions On Landlords Who Violate Specific Duties Under The Residential Landlord-tenant Act; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Derrick Simmons
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2017-sb2732/

MS HB1332 MS Standard Lease Agreement; create and codify.

Introduced Session

2016 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Create And Codify A Mississippi Standard Lease Agreement Form; To Provide That The Form May Be Modified Or Completed, In Whole Or In Part, To Create A Rental Agreement; To Direct The Codification Of The Form Under The Residential Landlord And Tenant Act; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Chris Johnson
Last Action
Died In Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2016-hb1332/

MS HB690 Landlord; authorize to terminate tenancy of certain tenants without 30-day notice.

Introduced Session

2015 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Authorize A Landlord To Terminate The Tenancy Of Any Tenant Who Is Arrested For Illegal Possession Of Firearms Or Illegal Possession Or Sales Of Controlled Substances And Such Items Are Found In The Dwelling Unit Owned By The Landlord; To Bring Forward Section 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, Which Governs Grounds For Termination Of Noncompliance By Tenant; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Toby Barker
Last Action
Died In Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2015-hb690/

MS HB711 Landlord-tenant; provide for disposition of personal property remaining on the premises after removal of the tenant.

Introduced Session

2015 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Sections 89-7-31, 89-7-35, 89-7-41 And 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide For The Disposition Of Personal Property Of A Tenant Remaining On A Landlord's Premises After The Tenant Has Been Removed From The Premises; To Amend Sections 89-7-51, 89-7-57, 89-7-61 And 89-7-69, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Conform; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Mark Baker
Last Action
Approved by Governor
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2015-hb711/

MS SB2688 Environmental Quality; remove the opt-out provision of the MS Lead Based Paint Activity Accreditation and Certification Act.

Introduced Session

2013 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 49-17-509, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Remove The Opt-out Provision For Certain Lead-based Paint Activities Under The State "lead-based Paint Activity Accreditation And Certification Act" In Order To Comply With Federal Requirements; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Thomas Gollott
Last Action
Approved by Governor
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2013-sb2688/

MS SB2808 Abandoned personal property; landlord may dispose of property left by tenant in the rented premises.

Introduced Session

2012 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Sections 89-7-31, 89-7-41 And 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide That A Landlord May Dispose Of Personal Property Abandoned By An Evicted Tenant In A Dwelling Unit; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Chris McDaniel
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2012-sb2808/

MS SB2883 Abandoned personal property; landlord may dispose of property left by tenant in the rented premises.

Introduced Session

2012 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Sections 89-7-31, 89-7-41 And 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide That A Landlord May Dispose Of Personal Property Abandoned By An Evicted Tenant In A Dwelling Unit; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Gray Tollison
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2012-sb2883/

MS SB2083 Landlord tenant relations; require locks to be changed between residential tenancies.

Introduced Session

2012 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-23, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Residential Landlords To Change The Locks Of Dwelling Units Between Tenants; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Michael Watson
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2012-sb2083/

MS HB1195 Landlord-tenant; revise disposition of certain property.

Introduced Session

2012 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Sections 89-7-31, 89-7-41 And 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide For The Disposition Of Personal Property Other Than A Manufactured Home Remaining After Eviction; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Mark Baker
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2012-hb1195/

MS SB2807 Abandoned personal property; landlord may dispose of property left by tenant in the rented premises after a seven-day waiting period.

Introduced Session

2012 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Sections 89-7-31, 89-7-41 And 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide That After A Seven-day Waiting Period, A Landlord May Dispose Of Personal Property Abandoned By An Evicted Tenant In A Dwelling Unit; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Chris McDaniel
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2012-sb2807/

MS SB2868 Abandoned personal property; landlord may dispose of property left by tenant in the rented premises after a seven-day waiting period.

Introduced Session

2012 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Sections 89-7-31, 89-7-41 And 89-8-13, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide That After A Seven-day Waiting Period, A Landlord May Dispose Of Personal Property Abandoned By An Evicted Tenant In A Dwelling Unit; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Gray Tollison
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2012-sb2868/

MS SB2573 Landlord tenant relations; require locks to be changed between residential tenancies.

Introduced Session

2011 Regular Session

Summary
An Act To Amend Section 89-8-23, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Require Residential Landlords To Change The Locks Of Dwelling Units Between Tenants; And For Related Purposes.
Sponsors
Michael Watson
Last Action
Died In Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ms-2011-sb2573/

Must-Know Mississippi Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

Mississippi Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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What to Know Before Creating an LLC for a Rental Property

Interested in joining the more than 11 million real estate investors making money off rental properties? It’s a form of potentially passive income with great appeal, but like any investment, it also comes with potential risks. One way to mitigate risk is by setting up a business that would own the property rather than buying it in your own name. Creating an LLC for a rental property can help manage income, taxes, and liability for your rental business. If you’ve been wondering,

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