In Alabama, the residential landlord and tenant relationship is governed by the Alabama Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 2014. This Act defines the relationship between the landlord and the tenant and the obligations of each party. There are certain standards of habitability that the Landlord must comply with when leasing a residence to a renter. There are also certain duties imposed on the Tenant under the Act.
It is imperative that every Landlord/Tenant understand the requirements proscribed by the Act. Lack of knowledge is not a valid excuse in a courtroom. In Alabama, Unlawful Detainer actions are the remedy for eviction in a landlord tenant relationship. Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, self-help is not permitted. When an issue arises, the are certain Notice requirements (unless it falls under a defined exception) that the law requires. Before taking action, you should contact an attorney.
With over 60,000 Unlawful Detainer cases being filed in Mobile County each year, its not uncommon for an issue to arise. Often times any issues that arise can be dealt with by referencing the Lease Agreement. Whether the tenancy a month-to-monthor a yearly basis it is absolutely imperative that the parties have a WRITTEN LEASE AGREEMENT. The Lease agreement will define the terms of the relationship. A Lease Agreement must comply with Alabama Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 2014. A well drafted lease agreement often times help to avoid disputes by eliminating confusion between the parties. If a dispute does arise, the Lease Agreement is the most important evidence of the arrangement between the parties and it can make or break your case.
The Law Office of Neil C. Johnston, Jr. regularly consults and represents parties on Landlord Tenant matters in Mobile County, Baldwin County, and Washington County. Whether it is an eviction or a lease agreement that you are seeking, our firm has you covered. Call my cell at (251) 709-8251 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.