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OH HB351 Terminate lease if victim of specified crime

Introduced Session

133rd General Assembly

Summary
To amend sections 3767.01, 3767.05, 4301.74, and 5321.02 and to enact section 5321.172 of the Revised Code to allow a tenant to terminate a rental agreement if the tenant is a victim of a specified crime.
Sponsors
Lisa Sobecki Michele Lepore-Hagan Janine Boyd Juanita Brent Richard Brown Erica Crawley Tavia Galonski Stephanie Howse Catherine Ingram Brigid Kelly Mary Lightbody Adam Miller Joseph Miller Jessica Miranda Michael O'Brien John Patterson Phillip Robinson John Rogers Allison Russo Kent Smith Fred Strahorn Bride Sweeney Terrence Upchurch Casey Weinstein
Last Action
Refer to Committee: Civil Justice
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2019-hb351/

OH SB343 Relates to expunging eviction case files

Introduced Session

133rd General Assembly

Summary
To amend section 1923.01 and to enact section 1923.111 of the Revised Code related to expungement of eviction case court files.
Sponsors
Hearcel Craig Stephanie Kunze Teresa Fedor Tina Maharath Kenny Yuko
Last Action
Refer to Committee: Judiciary
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2019-sb343/

OH SB157 Regulate reselling public utility service

Introduced Session

132nd General Assembly

Summary
To enact sections 4781.401, 5311.082, 5321.061, 5325.01, 5325.02, 5325.021, 5325.04, 5325.05, 5325.06, 5325.07, 5325.08, 5325.081, 5325.09, 5325.10, 5325.13, 5325.14, 5325.15, 5325.17, and 5325.18 of the Revised Code to regulate the reselling of public utility service.
Sponsors
Kevin Bacon
Last Action
Refer to Committee: Public Utilities
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2017-sb157/

OH HB230 Prohibit restricting display of thin blue line flag

Introduced Session

132nd General Assembly

Summary
To amend sections 4781.40, 5301.072, 5311.191, and 5321.131 of the Revised Code to prohibit manufactured home park operators, condominium associations, neighborhood associations, and landlords from restricting the display of the thin blue line flag.
Sponsors
Anne Gonzales Timothy Ginter Dave Greenspan Bill Dean Terry Johnson John Boccieri Wes Retherford Jim Hughes Niraj Antani Marlene Anielski Nickie Antonio Steven Arndt Michael Ashford John Barnes James Butler Hearcel Craig Keith Faber Theresa Gavarone Doug Green Glenn Holmes Candice Keller Al Landis Sarah LaTourette Michele Lepore-Hagan Scott Lipps Eugene Miller Michael O'Brien Thomas Patton Dorothy Pelanda Bill Reineke John Rogers Mark Romanchuk Timothy Schaffer Kirk Schuring Dick Stein Fred Strahorn Thomas West
Last Action
Refer to Committee: Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2017-hb230/

OH SB234 Regards subsidized tenant possessing or using a firearm in unit

Introduced Session

132nd General Assembly

Summary
To amend sections 5321.01 and 5321.13 of the Revised Code regarding a tenant of subsidized rental premises owning, using, or possessing a firearm, a firearm component, or ammunition within the tenant's residential dwelling unit.
Sponsors
Frank LaRose John Eklund Kris Jordan Jay Hottinger Joseph Uecker
Last Action
Refer to Committee: Government Oversight and Reform
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2017-sb234/

OH HB112 Allow person being treated for drug abuse to terminate lease

Introduced Session

132nd General Assembly

Summary
To amend section 5321.17 of the Revised Code to allow a tenant seeking inpatient treatment for substance abuse to terminate or fail to renew their lease.
Sponsors
Anne Gonzales
Last Action
Refer to Committee: Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2017-hb112/

OH SB348 Regulate reselling of public utility service

Introduced Session

131st General Assembly

Summary
To enact sections 4781.401, 5311.082, 5321.061, 5325.01, 5325.02, 5325.021, 5325.04, 5325.05, 5325.06, 5325.07, 5325.08, 5325.081, 5325.09, 5325.10, 5325.13, 5325.14, 5325.15, 5325.17, and 5325.18 of the Revised Code to regulate the reselling of public utility service.
Sponsors
Kevin Bacon
Last Action
Refer to Committee: Public Utilities
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2015-sb348/

OH SB84 Prohibits landlords from restricting flag display

Introduced Session

131st General Assembly

Summary
To amend sections 4781.40, 5301.072, and 5311.191 and to enact section 5321.131 of the Revised Code to prohibit manufactured homes park operators, condominium associations, neighborhood associations, and landlords from restricting the display of Ohio flags and blue star banners, gold star banners, and other service flags, and to prohibit manufactured homes park operators and landlords from restricting the display of the United States flag.
Sponsors
William Coley
Last Action
Refer to Committee: Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, and Public Safety
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2015-sb84/

OH HB18 Prohibits zoning from restricting flag display

Introduced Session

131st General Assembly

Summary
To amend sections 4781.40, 5301.072, and 5311.191 and to enact section 5321.131 of the Revised Code to prohibit manufactured home park operators, condominium associations, neighborhood associations, and landlords from restricting the display of the Ohio flag, the POW/MIA flag, blue star banners, gold star banners, and other service flags, and to prohibit manufactured home park operators and landlords from restricting the display of the United States flag and the POW/MIA flag.
Sponsors
Anne Gonzales Timothy Ginter
Last Action
Concurred in Senate amendments
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2015-hb18/

OH HB568 To require the Public Utilities Commission to set the maximum fees that a manufactured home park operator, condominium unit owners association, and landlord may charge for electric, gas, water, or related services, or for sewage disposal service provided to a resident, unit owner, or tenant when a submeter is used to measure public utility service to the premises.

Introduced Session

130th General Assembly

Summary
To enact sections 4781.401, 4934.01, 4934.02, 4934.03, 4934.04, 5311.082, and 5321.061 of the Revised Code to require the Public Utilities Commission to set the maximum fees that a manufactured home park operator, condominium unit owners association, and landlord may charge for electric, gas, water, or related services, or for sewage disposal service provided to a resident, unit owner, or tenant when a submeter is used to measure public utility service to the premises.
Sponsors
Ross McGregor
Last Action
To Public Utilities
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2013-hb568/

OH HB297 To allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to take unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence; to allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to file a civil action against that employee’s employer if the employer terminates the employee’s employment as a result of the employee taking unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence; to allow a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence to terminate a rental agreement or have the tenant’s name removed from the rental agreement under certain circumstances; to require a landlord of a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking to change the lock to the dwelling unit where the tenant resides under certain circumstances; to require a metropolitan housing authority to transfer a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking if the tenant requests such a transfer and provides the metropolitan housing authority with certain specified information; and to prohibit a county, municipal corporation, township, or law enforcement agency of such a political subdivision from charging any victim of domestic violence a fee for assisting the victim.

Introduced Session

130th General Assembly

Summary
To enact sections 9.131, 4113.80, 4113.81, 5321.171, 5321.172, 5321.173, 5321.174, and 5321.175 of the Revised Code to allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to take unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence; to allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to file a civil action against that employee's employer if the employer terminates the employee's employment as a result of the employee taking unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence; to allow a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence to terminate a rental agreement or have the tenant's name removed from the rental agreement under certain circumstances; to require a landlord of a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking to change the lock to the dwelling unit where the tenant resides under certain circumstances; to require a metropolitan housing authority to transfer a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking if the tenant requests such a transfer and provides the metropolitan housing authority with certain specified information; and to prohibit a county, municipal corporation, township, or law enforcement agency of such a political subdivision from charging any victim of domestic violence a fee for assisting the victim.
Sponsors
Anne Gonzales Denise Driehaus Michael Stinziano Zack Milkovich Dorothy Pelanda Teresa Fedor Nan Baker Marilyn Slaby Daniel Ramos Robert Hagan Nickie Antonio Michael Sheehy Dale Mallory Margaret Ruhl Alicia Reece Kristina Roegner Christina Hagan Barbara Sears Connie Pillich Ronald Gerberry
Last Action
To Judiciary
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2013-hb297/

OH HB422 To create requirements regarding the measurement and billing of tenant and manufactured home park resident public utility service.

Introduced Session

130th General Assembly

Summary
To enact sections 4781.56, 4975.01, 4975.02, 4975.03, 4975.04, 4975.05, and 5321.041 of the Revised Code to create requirements regarding the measurement and billing of tenant and manufactured home park resident public utility service.
Sponsors
Mike Foley Terry Blair Michael Stinziano John Rogers Rick Perales Cheryl Grossman Ronald Gerberry Michael Sheehy Heather Bishoff Nick Barborak Mike Dovilla Nickie Antonio Robert Hagan Thomas Letson Debbie Phillips
Last Action
To Public Utilities
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2013-hb422/

OH SB375 To include the duty to pay utility bills to the list of duties of a tenant who is party to a rental agreement.

Introduced Session

130th General Assembly

Summary
To amend section 5321.05 of the Revised Code to include the duty to pay utility bills to the list of duties of a tenant who is party to a rental agreement.
Sponsors
Shannon Jones William Seitz
Last Action
To Commerce & Labor
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2013-sb375/

OH HB662 Regarding the reselling of public utility service.

Introduced Session

130th General Assembly

Summary
To enact sections 4781.401, 5311.082, 5321.061, 5325.01, 5325.02, 5325.021, 5325.04, 5325.041, 5325.05, 5325.06, 5325.07, 5325.08, 5325.09, 5325.13, 5325.14, 5325.15, 5325.17, and 5325.18 of the Revised Code regarding the reselling of public utility service.
Sponsors
Mike Duffey Ross McGregor Peter Stautberg
Last Action
Committee Report - S
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2013-hb662/

OH HB545 Regarding master metering and submetering for public utility service to premises administered by a landlord, condominium unit owners association, or manufactured home park operator.

Introduced Session

130th General Assembly

Summary
To enact sections 4781.401, 4934.01, 4934.02, 4934.03, 4934.05, 4934.06, 4934.07, 4934.09, 4934.11, 4934.13, 4934.15, 4934.17, 5311.082, and 5321.061 of the Revised Code regarding master metering and submetering for public utility service to premises administered by a landlord, condominium unit owners association, or manufactured home park operator.
Sponsors
Anne Gonzales
Last Action
To Public Utilities
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2013-hb545/

OH SB29 To enable a judgment creditor landlord to obtain a court order directing the Tax Commissioner to pay the judgment debtor tenant’s income tax refund to the landlord.

Introduced Session

130th General Assembly

Summary
To amend section 2333.01 and to enact section 5747.124 of the Revised Code to enable a judgment creditor landlord to obtain a court order directing the Tax Commissioner to pay the judgment debtor tenant's income tax refund to the landlord.
Sponsors
Timothy Schaffer
Last Action
To Ways & Means
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2013-sb29/

OH SB191 On that date.

Introduced Session

130th General Assembly

Summary
To amend section 5321.04 and to enact section 5321.20 of the Revised Code to require a landlord who has been served with notice of a foreclosure action to disclose to a prospective tenant of the property subject to that action of the action and to terminate the provisions of this act on January 1, 2018, by repealing section 5321.20 of the Revised Code on that date.
Sponsors
Charleta Tavares Joseph Schiavoni Edna Brown Thomas Sawyer Michael Skindell
Last Action
To Civil Justice
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2013-sb191/

OH HB105 To allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to take unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence, to allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to file a civil action against that employee’s employer if the employer terminates the employee as a result of the employee taking unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence, to allow a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence to terminate a rental agreement or have the tenant’s name removed from the rental agreement under certain circumstances, to require a landlord of a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking to change the lock to the dwelling unit where the tenant resides under certain circumstances, to require a metropolitan housing authority to transfer a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking if the tenant requests such a transfer and provides the metropolitan housing authority with certain specified information, and to prohibit a county, municipal corporation, township, or law enforcement agency of such a political subdivision from charging any victim of domestic violence a fee for assisting the victim.

Introduced Session

129th General Assembly (2011-2012)

Summary
To amend section 3113.31 and to enact sections 9.131, 4113.80, 4113.81, 5321.171, 5321.172, 5321.173, 5321.174, and 5321.175 of the Revised Code to allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to take unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence, to allow an employee who is a victim of domestic violence to file a civil action against that employee's employer if the employer terminates the employee as a result of the employee taking unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence, to allow a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence to terminate a rental agreement or have the tenant's name removed from the rental agreement under certain circumstances, to require a landlord of a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking to change the lock to the dwelling unit where the tenant resides under certain circumstances, to require a metropolitan housing authority to transfer a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or menacing by stalking if the tenant requests such a transfer and provides the metropolitan housing authority with certain specified information, and to prohibit a county, municipal corporation, township, or law enforcement agency of such a political subdivision from charging any victim of domestic violence a fee for assisting the victim.
Sponsors
Robert Hagan Kenny Yuko Carlton Weddington Connie Pillich Dennis Murray Nancy Garland Debbie Phillips Kathleen Clyde Denise Driehaus
Last Action
To Judiciary & Ethics
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2011-hb105/

OH HB181 To require that notice of foreclosure and related sale of residential rental property be given to tenants at that property and to specify that a rental agreement for a residential property that is sold pursuant to a foreclosure action converts to a month-to-month rental agreement.

Introduced Session

129th General Assembly (2011-2012)

Summary
To amend section 5321.04 and to enact section 5321.20 of the Revised Code to require that notice of foreclosure and related sale of residential rental property be given to tenants at that property and to specify that a rental agreement for a residential property that is sold pursuant to a foreclosure action converts to a month-to-month rental agreement.
Sponsors
Ted Celeste Mike Foley Robert Hagan Thomas Letson Mark Okey Sandra Williams Kenny Yuko Carlton Weddington Connie Pillich Dennis Murray Nancy Garland Debbie Phillips Michael Ashford Nickie Antonio Daniel Ramos Denise Driehaus
Last Action
To Financial Institutions, Housing & Urban Development
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2011-hb181/

OH SB172 To enable a judgment creditor landlord to obtain a court order directing the Tax Commissioner to pay the judgment debtor tenant’s income tax refund to the landlord.

Introduced Session

129th General Assembly (2011-2012)

Summary
To amend section 2333.01 and to enact section 5747.124 of the Revised Code to enable a judgment creditor landlord to obtain a court order directing the Tax Commissioner to pay the judgment debtor tenant's income tax refund to the landlord.
Sponsors
Timothy Schaffer Karen Gillmor
Last Action
To Ways & Means & Economic Development
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2011-sb172/

OH HB167 To prohibit an employer or a landlord from discriminating against a victim of domestic violence or stalking; to require a metropolitan housing authority to move a victim of domestic violence or stalking if another unit is available; to prohibit charging a fee when law enforcement officers assist a victim of domestic violence or stalking; to allow a victim of domestic violence or stalking to take unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence or stalking and to change or have changed the locks to the tenant’s dwelling unit, and to permit a victim of domestic violence to terminate a rental agreement.

Introduced Session

128th General Assembly (2009-2010)

Summary
To amend section 3113.31 and to enact sections 9.131, 4113.80 to 4113.84, 5321.171, 5321.172, 5321.173, and 5321.174 of the Revised Code to prohibit an employer or a landlord from discriminating against a victim of domestic violence or stalking; to require a metropolitan housing authority to move a victim of domestic violence or stalking if another unit is available; to prohibit charging a fee when law enforcement officers assist a victim of domestic violence or stalking; to allow a victim of domestic violence or stalking to take unpaid leave for purposes relating to the incident of domestic violence or stalking and to change or have changed the locks to the tenant's dwelling unit, and to permit a victim of domestic violence to terminate a rental agreement.
Sponsors
Marian Harris Stephen Slesnick Daniel Stewart Matthew Szollosi Peter Ujvagi Brian Williams Sandra Williams Tyrone Yates Kenny Yuko Carlton Weddington Michael Skindell Roland Winburn Connie Pillich Matt Patten Dennis Murray Robin Belcher Nancy Garland Debbie Phillips Denise Driehaus Jennifer Garrison Edna Brown Ted Celeste Kathleen Chandler Michael DeBose Daniel Dodd John Domenick Stephen Dyer Lorraine Fende Mike Foley Barbara Boyd John Hagan Tracy Heard Thomas Letson Clayton Luckie Matt Lundy Deborah Newcomb Mark Okey John Otterman
Last Action
To Judiciary Civil Justice
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2009-hb167/

OH SB13 To require a landlord to notify tenants when a foreclosure action is filed, to require the Director of Commerce to prepare a publication to assist owners and tenants of foreclosed residential rental property, to require the officer taking lands and tenements to notify the owner of the property of the date, time, and place of the sale of the foreclosed property, to require landlords to notify tenants when a property is foreclosed and when a sale is scheduled, to provide for continuance of a rental agreement after a foreclosure sale, to impose a civil penalty upon the landlord if the landlord fails to notify the tenants when a property is foreclosed, and to provide civil remedies for a tenant whose landlord violates the bill’s provisions.

Introduced Session

128th General Assembly (2009-2010)

Summary
To amend section 2329.26 and to enact sections 121.086, 2703.10, 5321.20, 5321.21, 5321.22, 5321.23, and 5321.24 of the Revised Code to require a landlord to notify tenants when a foreclosure action is filed, to require the Director of Commerce to prepare a publication to assist owners and tenants of foreclosed residential rental property, to require the officer taking lands and tenements to notify the owner of the property of the date, time, and place of the sale of the foreclosed property, to require landlords to notify tenants when a property is foreclosed and when a sale is scheduled, to provide for continuance of a rental agreement after a foreclosure sale, to impose a civil penalty upon the landlord if the landlord fails to notify the tenants when a property is foreclosed, and to provide civil remedies for a tenant whose landlord violates the bill's provisions.
Sponsors
Dale Miller Sue Morano Shirley Smith Nina Turner
Last Action
Committee Report - S
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2009-sb13/

OH HB145 To require that residential units conveyed pursuant to a land installment contract receive an appraisal and an inspection, to define residential lease option contract, to regulate residential lease option contracts under the Ohio Landlord and Tenant Law, and to provide penalties.

Introduced Session

128th General Assembly (2009-2010)

Summary
A BILLTo amend sections 5313.01, 5313.02, 5313.06, 5313.08, and 5321.01 and to enact sections 5321.20, 5321.21, 5321.22, 5321.23, and 5321.24 of the Revised Code to require that residential units conveyed pursuant to a land installment contract receive an appraisal and an inspection, to define residential lease option contract, to regulate residential lease option contracts under the Ohio Landlord and Tenant Law, and to provide penalties.
Sponsors
Barbara Boyd Kathleen Chandler Lorraine Fende Mike Foley John Hagan Tracy Heard Clayton Luckie Peter Ujvagi Brian Williams Kenny Yuko Roland Winburn Dennis Murray Debbie Phillips
Last Action
To Civil & Commercial Law
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2009-hb145/

OH SB23 To enable a judgment creditor landlord to obtain a court order directing the Tax Commissioner to pay the judgment debtor tenant’s income tax refund to the landlord.

Introduced Session

128th General Assembly (2009-2010)

Summary
To amend section 2333.01 and to enact section 5747.124 of the Revised Code to enable a judgment creditor landlord to obtain a court order directing the Tax Commissioner to pay the judgment debtor tenant's income tax refund to the landlord.
Sponsors
Bob Gibbs Stephen Buehrer Timothy Schaffer Robert Schuler
Last Action
To Judiciary Civil Justice
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2009-sb23/

OH HB9 To require that notice of foreclosure and related sale of residential rental property be given to tenants at that property and to specify that a rental agreement for a residential property that is sold pursuant to a foreclosure action converts to a month-to-month rental agreement.

Introduced Session

128th General Assembly (2009-2010)

Summary
To amend section 5321.04 and to enact section 5321.20 of the Revised Code to require that notice of foreclosure and related sale of residential rental property be given to tenants at that property and to specify that a rental agreement for a residential property that is sold pursuant to a foreclosure action converts to a month-to-month rental agreement.
Sponsors
Roland Winburn Daniel Stewart Vernon Sykes Matthew Szollosi Peter Ujvagi Brian Williams Sandra Williams Tyrone Yates Kenny Yuko Sandra Harwood Carlton Weddington Marian Harris Stephen Slesnick Connie Pillich Matt Patten Dennis Murray Raymond Pryor John Carney Nancy Garland Peggy Lehner Mike Moran Debbie Phillips Denise Driehaus Tracy Heard Edna Brown Ted Celeste Kathleen Chandler Michael DeBose Timothy DeGeeter Daniel Dodd Lorraine Fende Mike Foley Jennifer Garrison John Hagan Barbara Boyd Joseph Koziura Thomas Letson Clayton Luckie Matt Lundy Dale Mallory Deborah Newcomb Scott Oelslager Mark Okey Allan Sayre Michael Skindell
Last Action
To Finance & Financial Institutions
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/oh-2009-hb9/

Must-Know Ohio 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  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.

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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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