Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, you have certain rights that apply specifically to you. There are also certain guidelines and laws that you should be aware of. Today, we’re sharing some basic rights and laws that could have a significant impact on you, starting with a landlord’s rights and obligations.
As a landlord, it’s important to be familiar with some basics of fair housing laws. Here’s a summary of these laws and what they protect:
- Federal Fair Housing Act: This prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of things like race, national origin, color, sex, religion, familial status, or disability.
- Age Discrimination Act: This prohibits discrimination based on age.
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act: This prohibits discrimination based on disability.
Understanding, respecting, and complying with these laws will ensure that your rights as a landlord are protected. If you don’t comply with these laws and find yourself having to evict a tenant, you may run into some issues during the eviction. It’s important to comply with all of the Fair Housing Laws to ensure that the law is on your side in any situation.
As a tenant, there are some rights and obligations to keep in mind. You have a right to privacy in the area that you’re renting. Just because your landlord owns or manages your rental unit, doesn’t mean that they can enter your home at will, unless there is an emergency. There has to be notice given in advance to them entering your home. A landlord does not have to permit any pets in their rental unit unless the animal is protected by the Fair Housing Laws (such as service animals). Tenants also have a right to a habitable home. This means that tenants have a right to live in safe and clean conditions.
If you’re a landlord or tenant looking for clarification or help when it comes to landlord/tenant law, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced attorneys. At Hillyard, Anderson, & Olsen, we can help guide you through any situation and give you answers to your questions. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at 435-752-2610.