Many states have specialized landlord/tenant statutes for residential properties. You should check with your state’s Department of Real Estate or Real Estate Commission for more information, or the consumer affairs office of the state attorney general’s office. Website information for each state is provided in Appendix E.
If present, such laws usually limit the amount of security deposits, impose a minimum standard of living quality for the residence, outlaw certain one-sided clauses in leases, require landlords to provide a few days’ notice before entering the lease premises, and allow a relatively short eviction process during which the tenant must pay its rent to the court even if contesting the eviction on some legally-allowed grounds. There are usually deadlines for returning security deposits. Landlords can be liable for damages and legal fees for very technical violations of the law that would not seem to have caused any harm. For that reason, it is important to find out the requirements in your particular state.
Even without such specialized laws, any landlord should be familiar with the general landlord/tenant law for his or her state. Refer to Appendix E for more specific information on your state. In addition, many local governments impose a rental tax on residential properties located within their jurisdiction. Find out if there are any such taxes, and the amounts.