Highlights of Alabama's new landlord-tenant law
Highlights of Alabama's new landlord-tenant law12/14/2006, 3:14 p.m. CT
The Associated Press
(AP) — Highlights of Alabama's new landlord-tenant law, which takes effect Jan. 1:
_requires landlords to make sure rental property is habitable, with working heat, electricity and water.
_allows a tenant to break a lease after 14 days' notice when a landlord doesn't correct a major health and safety problem, such as a heating system not working.
_allows a landlord to break a lease with seven days' notice for not paying the rent and with 14 days' notice for other lease violations.
_standardizes eviction procedures throughout the state.
_speeds up the eviction process for landlords by giving cases priority in district court.
_provides that security deposits can't be more than one month's rent, with the exception of additional risk-related charges, such as pet deposits.
_requires landlords to return security deposits within 35 days after a lease ends or provide an accounting of why money was taken out of the deposit for repairs.
_says landlords must give two days' written notice before entering rental property, except in an emergency.
_says landlords are under no obligation to pay interest on security deposits.
_requires tenants to notify their landlords when they are going to be away for two weeks or longer.
_requires landlords to provide a garbage receptacle and requires tenants to dispose of their garbage properly.
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