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Erin Eberlin

Commission Advises Changes to Arkansas Law

By January 16, 2013

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A commission in Arkansas has put together a report which includes 15 recommendations on changes to the state's landlord-tenant law. The commission claims that tenants in the state of Arkansas have "significantly fewer rights than tenants in any other state." Issues they are particularly concerned with include reforming the eviction process, creating a statute which details habitability standards landlords must comply with and amending the rule concerning a landlord's accessing a tenant's unit.

It is always a good idea to revisit old laws to make sure they are relevant in the current times. I think the commission does have to be careful about comparing tenants' rights in Arkansas to tenants' rights in other states. We have national laws and we have statewide laws for a reason. Statewide laws are made to address the specific concerns and ideologies of an area, and thus, all are different. The Arkansas commission should focus on what the people of Arkansas want, not what the people of any other state desire.

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