Landlords and the Law - Forms and Resources
Tenants often enjoy legal processes designed to protect their right to stay in their homes. However, the landlord still owns the building. It is the landlord who pays for the building, and consequently most states work to protect landlords' (homeowners') investments.
Still, it's not always easy to navigate the various landlord-tenant laws and ordinances on the books. To help landlords with this task, here you will find links to residential lease forms, state-specific landlord-tenant laws, federal housing information, and more.
State Landlord-Tenant Laws
- Security Deposit Limits, State by State
- Deadline for Returning Security Deposits, State-by-State
- Cleaning and Repairs a Landlord Can Deduct From a Security Deposit
- Chart: State-by-State Anti-Retaliation Statutes
- Chart: Landlord-Tenant Statutes, State by State
State-Specific Landlord-Tenant Publications
Real Estate Lease Packages and Forms
- Tenant Rights, Laws, and Protections in Your State (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development)
- State Housing and Real Estate Agencies (FindLaw's Tenants' Rights Center)
- Local Renting Information (HUD)
- State-Specific Resources from HUD (FindLaw's Real Estate Center)
- Housing Discrimination: Federal Laws (FindLaw's Civil Rights Center)
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Contact a qualified real estate attorney to help you navigate any landlord-tenant issues.