Maybe your family has purchased a second home, or you have some extra property you want to rent out within the state of Alabama. Before you do so, there are some guidelines you should know about the tenants that will be staying in your rental property. Knowing these laws and guidelines can help you avoid sticky lawsuits or other legal issues in the future.
Disclosing Information to Your Tenant:
There is certain information that must be released to the client under Alabama law. This information includes the owner/agent identity (who the landlord is). Be sure to check with your specific county or city to see if you must disclose any additional information.
Security Deposit Return:
Alabama law requires the landlord to return the security deposit on a property no later than 35 days after the tenant moves out. This does not include pet deposits. The landlord must also release all security deposits along with an itemized statement no more than 60 days after the lease on the property has ended.
Going to Small Claims Court:
Tenants taking a landlord to small claims court cannot sue for anymore than $3,000.00.
Requirement to Raise Rent & Change Rent Rules:
If the landlord is raising the rent or changing the rules of a tenancy, they must provide the tenant a minimum of 30 days notice on any rent that may be raised unless otherwise specified in their contract.
Tenants, on the other hand, may not withhold rent from their landlord for any repairs that are outstanding or need to be done.
Termination & Eviction Notices:
If a tenant is doing anything on the premises of the property that result in illegal activity the landlord must provide the tenant 7 days before they can file a legal eviction notice. In this time, the tenant must remove all property and vacate the premises of the property.
If nothing illegal has occurred on the premises of the property, but there has been violations of the lease then the landlord must provide the tenant with 14 days notice before they can legally file a legal eviction notice. In this time, the tenant must remove all property and vacate the premises of the property.