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Highlights of Alabama's new landlord-tenant law

Highlights of Alabama's new landlord-tenant law

12/14/2006, 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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