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Legal Issues Facing Landlords and Property Investors

As a landlord or property investor, there are many legal issues you may not have considered. Get advice on everything from how to structure your company to how to avoid claims of discrimination.

What Is a Certificate of Occupancy?
Your town may require you to get a certificate of occupancy, or CO, for your property investment. Learn the basics of the certificate of occupancy.

When Does a Landlord Have the Right to Enter a Rental Unit?
The right to enter a tenant's apartment is granted by landlord-tenant law. Here are the reasons a landlord can enter a rental unit.

Tenant Obligations Under Landlord-Tenant Law
By agreeing to rent your property, a tenant has certain obligations they must fulfill. Learn what tenants must do under landlord-tenant law.

Landlord Obligation to Maintain Premises
Maintaining the premises is an obligation every landlord has to their tenants. Here is what the law involves.

Landlord Obligations Under Landlord-Tenant Law
Landlord-tenant law sets forth certain requirements for landlords. Find out the legal obligations landlords have to their tenants.

FAQs About Fair Housing for Families
Fair Housing protects certain classes from discrimination in housing related activities. Families are a protected class under this Act. Find out how they are covered.

Landlord Liability for Dog Bites
Dog bites are a serious concern for landlords. Learn what your liability is if a tenant's dog bites someone.

Is It Legal to Run a Credit Check on a Prospective Tenant?
An important part of screening tenants is running a credit check. Find out the essential step every landlord must take to make sure they are running this check legally.

Security Deposit Limits by State
The security deposit is an essential protection for landlords, but there may be a limit to how much you can charge. Here is the maximum you can ask for in each state.

Security Deposit Laws by State
Learn the security deposit laws in your state so you can protect your valuable investment.

Alabama Security Deposit Law
Alabama Code 35-9A-201 spells out the security deposit laws for landlords in the state. Learn how you must collect, store and return a tenant's deposit.

Alaska Security Deposit Law
Alaska Statute 34.03.070 is the security deposit law that rental property owners must follow. Here are the rules for obtaining and returning security deposits in the state.

Arizona Security Deposit Law
Arizona Statute 33-1321 explains the rules for security deposits in the state. Find out how landlords must receive, store and return deposits in Arizona.

Arkansas Security Deposit Law
Arkansas's security deposit law is Arkansas Code Annotated §§ 18-16-301 to 18-16-306. Learn how much you can charge, how you must store and when you must return the security deposit in Arkansas

California Security Deposit Law
The California security deposit law is Civic Code 1950.5. Here are the rules in California for accepting, holding and returning security deposits.

Colorado Security Deposit Law
Colorado Statutes §§ 38-12-101 to 38-12-104 define the rules landlords must follow for security deposits in the state. Learn what you should do when collecting, holding and returning deposits in Colorado.

Connecticut Security Deposit Law
Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 183, 47a.-21 is the law that governs security deposits in Connecticut. Learn the rules of receiving, holding and returning security deposits in your state.

Florida Security Deposit Law
The Florida security deposit law is Statute 83.49. Find out the rules landlords must follow when accepting, storing and returning security deposits.

Georgia Security Deposit Law
The Georgia security deposit law is Code 44-7-30 to 37. Find out the rules landlords must follow when receiving, storing and returning security deposits.

Hawaii Security Deposit Law
Hawaii's security deposit law is Hawaii Revised Statutes § 521-44. Learn the security deposit limits, deadlines for return and reasons you can retain a deposit.

Idaho Security Deposit Law
Idaho's security deposit law is Idaho Annotated Statutes § 6-321. Learn the security deposit limits, deadlines for return and reasons you can retain deposits in Idaho.

Illinois Security Deposit Law
Illinois Statutes 735 and 765 spell out the law for security deposits in Illinois. Learn how you must collect, maintain and return a deposit in your state.

Indiana Security Deposit Law
Indiana's security deposit law is Indiana Code 32-31-3. Learn how you must accept, hold and return security deposits in the state.

Iowa Security Deposit Law
Iowa's security deposit law is Iowa Code Annotated § 562A.12. Learn the rules for how much you can charge, how you must store and when you must return the security deposit in Iowa.

Kansas Security Deposit Law
Kansas's security deposit law is Kansas Statutes Annotated § 58-2550. Learn how to collect deposits, store deposits and return deposits in Kansas.

Kentucky Security Deposit Law
Kentucky's Security Deposit Law is Revised Statute § 383.580. Learn the limits, maintenance requirements and reasons for deductions in Kentucky.

Louisiana Security Deposit Law
Louisiana's security deposit law is Louisiana Revised Statute § 9:3251. Learn how to receive, maintain and return security deposits in Louisiana.

Maine Security Deposit Law
Maine's security deposit law is Maine Revised Statutes Annotated Title 14 §§ 6031 to 6039. Learn how to receive, make deductions from and return deposits in the state.

Maryland Security Deposit Law
Maryland's security deposit law is Maryland Real Property Code 8-203. Here are the rules for collecting, storing and returning security deposits in Maryland.

Massachusetts Security Deposit Law
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 186, Sec 15b is the law that governs security deposits in Massachusetts. Learn the rules of receiving, storing and returning security deposits in your state.

Michigan Security Deposit Law
Michigan Compiled Laws §§554.601-616. is the governing law for security deposits in Connecticut. Learn the rules of receiving, holding and returning security deposits in your state.

Minnesota Security Deposit Law
Minnesota's security deposit law is Minnesota Statute 504B. Learn how Minnesota landlords must receive, store and return tenants' security deposits.

Mississippi Security Deposit Law
Mississippi's security deposit law is Mississippi Code Annotated § 89-8-21. Here are the rules for collecting deposits, storing deposits and returning deposits in the state of Mississippi.

Missouri Security Deposit Law
Missouri's security deposit law is Missouri Revised Statutes 535.300. Learn how to collect, store and return a tenant's security deposit in Missouri.

Nebraska Security Deposit Law
Nebraska's security deposit law is Nebraska Revised Statutes § 76-1416. Learn how to collect, reasons to keep and when to return security deposits in Nebraska.

New Hampshire Security Deposit Law
New Hampshire's security deposit law is New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated §§ 540-A:5 to A:8 and 540-B:10. Learn how to collect and return deposits in the state.

Nevada Security Deposit Law
Nevada Revised Statutes Annotated §§118A.240 to 118A.250 is the law that governs security deposits in Nevada. Learn the rules of receiving, holding and returning security deposits in your state.

New Jersey Security Deposit Law
New Jersey's Rent Security Deposit Act spells out the law for security deposits in New Jersey. Learn how you must collect, maintain and return a deposit in your state.

New Mexico Security Deposit Law
New Mexico's security deposit law is New Mexico Statutes Annotated § 47-8-18. Learn how much to collect, reasons you can keep and when you must return security deposits in New Mexico.

New York Security Deposit Law
The law that governs security deposits in New York is New York General Obligations Law §§ 7-103 to 7-108. Learn how to accept and return security deposits in the state.

North Carolina Security Deposit Law
The North Carolina Tenant Security Deposit Act is the reigning law for security deposits in the state. Learn the rules of accepting, storing and returning security deposits in your state.

Ohio Security Deposit Law
Oho Code 5321.16 is the law covering security deposits in Ohio. Learn the rules that apply to landlords on a statewide level.

Oklahoma Security Deposit Law
Oklahoma's security deposit law is Oklahoma Statutes Annotated Title 41, §115. Learn how landlords in the state must collect, maintain and return deposits.

Oregon Security Deposit Law
Oregon's security deposit law is Oregon Revised Statute § 90.300. Learn the regulations for receiving, storing and returning deposits in Oregon.

Pennsylvania Security Deposit Law
Pennsylvania Statute Title 68: 250.511a -512 is the law that governs security deposits in Pennsylvania. Learn the rules of receiving, storing and returning security deposits in your state.

South Carolina Security Deposit Law
The South Carolina security deposit law is code 27-40-410. Here are the rules for collecting, maintaining and returning the deposit.

Tennessee Security Deposit Law
Tennessee's security deposit law is Tennessee Code 66-28-301. Here is what the law says about collecting, maintaining and returning security deposits.

Texas Security Deposit Law
The Texas security deposit law is Property Code 92.101-109. Find out the rules landlords must follow when accepting, storing and returning security deposits.

Utah Security Deposit Law
Utah's security deposit law is Utah Code Annotated §§ 57-17-1 to 57-17-5. Learn the rules for how much you can collect, reasons you can keep a deposit and when you must return a tenant's security deposit in Utah.

Virginia Security Deposit Law
Virginia Code 55-248.15:1 spells out the rules for security deposits in the state. Here is what landlords must do and what they can never do.

Washington Security Deposit Law
The Revised Code of Washington Annotated §§ 59.18.260-285 spells out the rules for security deposits in the state. Learn the law for holding, maintaining and returning deposits in Washington.

West Virginia Security Deposit Law
West Virginia's security deposit law is West Virginia Code §§ 37-6A-1 to 37-6A-6. Learn how much you can collect, reasons you can keep and when to return the deposit in West Virginia.

Wisconsin Security Deposit Law
Wisconsin's security deposit law is Wisconsin Administrative Code 134. Learn when to collect, how much to collect and how to return the security deposit in Wisconsin.

Fair Housing- List of Protected Classes by State
Many states offer legal protection against housing discrimination for classes not included under the Federal Fair Housing Act. Here is the list of protected classes in each state.

What Is Fair Housing?
What is fair housing's goal for American home buyers and renters? Learn who the Fair Housing Act protects and how to avoid being charged with discrimination.

10 FAQs About Housing Rights for the Disabled
The disabled are a protected class under the Federal Fair Housing Act. Reading these FAQs will help you learn how to avoid violating the housing rights for the disabled when renting out an apartment.

Tenants and Service Animals
Some disabled tenants will need service animals to function. Learn about service animals and the questions every landlord should ask.

Tenants in Common Ownership
Learn what Tenants in Common is and why it is useful.

Rhode Island Security Deposit Law
Rhode Island's security deposit law is Rhode Island General Laws § 34-18-19. Learn how to collect and return deposits in the state.

Important Forms and Landlord Tenant Laws
The forms every landlord should understand. The laws every landlord should know.

Montana Security Deposit Law
Montana's security deposit law is Montana Code Annotated §§ 70-25-101 to 70-25-206. Learn how much you can charge, how to store and when to return the deposit in Montana.

Delaware Security Deposit Law
Delaware's security deposit law is Delaware Code Annotated Title 25 § 5514. Learn how much to charge, where to store and when to return deposits in Delaware.

South Dakota Security Deposit Law
South Dakota's security deposit law is South Dakota Codified Laws Annotated §§ 43.32-6.1 and 43-32-24. Here is how to collect and return security deposits in South Dakota.

North Dakota Security Deposit Law
North Dakota's security deposit law is North Dakota Century Code §§ 47-16-07 and 47-30.1-08. Learn how much you can collect and reasons you can keep a tenant's security deposit in North Dakota

Vermont Security Deposit Law
Vermont's security deposit law is Vermont Statutes Annotated Title 9 § 4461. Learn how to collect, maintain and return deposits in Vermont.

Wyoming Security Deposit Law
Wyoming's security deposit law is Wyoming Statutes §§ 1-21-1207 through 1-21-1209. Here is how much you can charge and when you must return deposits in Wyoming.

District of Columbia Security Deposit Law
The District of Columbia's security deposit law is DC Municipal Regulations Title 14 §§ 308 to 311. Learn how to collect, store and return deposits in the District.

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