Rental forms and resources for Alabama##
Fillable, HomeKasa SmartForms##
For property owners, property managers, tenants and real estate agents##
Key provisions of Tenant Rights in the state of Alabama##
Generally speaking, Alabama is considerd a landlord-friendly state. The reason for this is that there are not too many provisions about what a landlord can or cannot do. In fact, for the longest time there is no law covering landlords, tenants and other property rental aspects. However, ss of January 1, 2007, We now have the Alabama Landlord- Tenant Law to help make sure every rental house and apartment is a decent place to live.
Alabama law covers many aspects of the relationship between tenant and landlords. These cover,
- security deposit
- late rent
- bounced check fees
- rent collection
What makes a tenant##
As soon as payment is accepted for rent, the tenant has both inherited rights and obligations under Alabama Code Title 3, Chapter 9A
Some other items to keep in mind##
- There is no law in Alabama that prohibits landlords from charging an application fee for tenant screening.
- The tenant can not withold payment of rent if the landlord does not make repairs. This tactic, called
Repair and deductis not legal in Alabama.
- The tenant has a right to put in their requests, in writing, and give the landlord or the property owner 14 days to respond and get the repairs done. This period can be shorter if this is an emergency. If the landlord or the property owner does not respond within 14 days, the tenant has the right to file a complaint with the Alabama Department of Housing and Urban Development and also move out of the rental property without any further notice and without any further payment.
What should be in a Alabama Rental Agreement##
Each rental agreement, or lease, should have the following (at the least).
- Description (address) of the property
- Detailed information about the people allowed to live in the house
- Detailed information the landlord.
- Rent and security deposit
- Dates of rental start and when the lease expires
You can read more about Tenant and Landlord rights and obligations in Alabama