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LANDLORD AND TENANT - Laws and Lawyers

Landlord and tenant law overseas the relationship created when one party rents the use and possession of property from another party. Although there are similar laws nationwide, the law of landlord and tenant is uniquely state created and vary depending on where the rented property is. Regardless of the jurisdiction, the landlord and tenant lease agreement is an extremely important document and will play a strong factor in determining the outcome of landlord and tenant disputes. It is important that both parties work with a landlord and tenant attorney for answers to any questions regarding the terms of the lease.

Landlord and Tenant Lease

The landlord and tenant lease is the document that creates a lease relationship, and sets forth the rights and responsibilities of the parties who have signed it. The basic rights for each party, such as acceptable living conditions of the leased space or rights of privacy, are set by local law and cannot change. However, for most landlord-tenant issues the lease has great latitude in determining how the parties will be required to act. Typically the landlord will present the tenant with the lease agreement to sign prior to the tenant taking possession of the leased space. The tenant and landlord may negotiate the terms of the lease, and the final signed document is what controls the agreement. Landlord and tenant attorneys are excellent resources for parties looking to create, negotiate, or sign a lease, and should be consulted with any questions prior to signing.

Eviction Laws

Eviction law sets the procedural rules for terminating a lease relationship and removing a tenant from rented property. There are certain circumstances under which a landlord may file for eviction. If these occur, a landlord must allow a tenant a reasonable amount of time to respond to the eviction notice and the legal process must be available to each party so they may present their case. Any party seeking or facing eviction should work with a local landlord and tenant attorney familiar with the relevant eviction law. A landlord and tenant attorney can prepare eviction documents, negotiate the terms of an eviction, defend against an eviction, and otherwise make sure the parties follow the legal procedure of an eviction.

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