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Landlord and Tenant Law in Alabama
The relationship between a landlord and tenant in Huntsville, Alabama can occasionally be a touchy one. Landlords and tenants are not always clear on their respective rights and obligations.
Tenants and landlords have various legal rights and responsibilities. In general, these rights don't conflict with one another, as long as both parties are clear about what they are, and act accordingly.
Landlord's Rights in Huntsville, AL
The most basic right that landlords have is the right to be paid the agreed-upon rent by their tenant. Obviously, renting apartments is how landlords acquire a living, so they are entitled to collect the rent that the tenant agreed to pay.
They further have a right to compensation for any damage that a tenant causes, beyond ordinary wear and tear. Landlords are free to bill the tenants for repairs to damage they caused, and deduct the cost from the security deposit.
Tenant's Rights in Huntsville, AL
At the most basic level, tenants have a basic right to what they're paying for: a habitable living environment. Thus, landlords in Huntsville, Alabama must ensure that the units they rent to tenants meet some basic standards for human habitation. These requirements vary from state to state, but are often fairly easy to meet. There are no legal standards that rented units be pretty, particularly spacious, or luxurious. They simply have to be fit for human beings to live in them. To be considered "habitable," rented units must have water, electricity, some form of heating (if the local climate necessitates it), and adequate protection from the elements (proper insulation, no roof leaks, windows that close, etc.).
Furthermore, tenants have rights to common areas that are free of physical obstructions, as well as serious health and safety hazards. Common areas are the places in apartment buildings and other residential complexes which every tenant can access, and include hallways, stairwells, and fire escapes. In Huntsville, Alabama, these areas must be kept in a safe condition, at the landlord's expense.
In the United States, and most likely under the rules of Alabama, it is unlawful for renters or sellers of real estate to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, color, or religion. Doing so can subject a landlord to harsh civil penalties. Furthermore, they cannot discriminate based on physical disabilities, either. Tenants with physical disabilities, who are otherwise qualified to rent an apartment (they are able to pay, have good credit, etc.) are entitled to make reasonable modifications to the apartment to make it more accessible to them, and the landlord generally can't bar a tenant from doing this, as long as the modifications are not too extensive, and are reversible. The landlord can, however, require the tenant to remove the modifications, at the tenant's expense, when they move out.
And lastly, most state laws prevent landlords from arbitrarily evicting tenants. If the lease agreement is for a set period of time, the landlord typically can't evict the tenant until the lease expires, without a good reason. Valid causes for eviction include unpaid rent, illegal activities on the property, damage to the building caused by the tenant, and excessive noise.
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Can a Huntsville, Alabama Landlord/Tenant Lawyer Help?
Landlords and tenants generally want to avoid conflict with one another. Nonetheless, conflicts are sometimes unavoidable. If you end up in a major dispute with a landlord or a tenant, a seasoned Huntsville, Alabama landlord/tenant attorney can help.
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Life in Huntsville
With close to 180,000 residents, Huntsville Alabama is a city that is home to some major attractions. Located in the Northern region of Alabama, Huntsville was named on "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. How did Huntsville get this honor? Because of the great amount of civil war history, NASA rockets, and beautiful geography Huntsville has to offer its residents and visitors alike.
Huntsville is located in the Tennessee River Valley, a location that lends itself to hot summers and mild winters. Because of its location, Huntsville also has tornadoes in the spring and fall.
The Marshall Flight Center is another major point of interest in Huntsville. Dedicated by President Eisenhower, the presence of the flight center has given Huntsville its nickname-- "Rocket City" and has been home to some great space developments since the 1950's.
Professional industries also thrive in Huntsville. Huntsville lawyers are a great asset to the city and the overall legal profession. Lawyers specializing in a range of practices are available to serve their clients with any legal need he or she may have. Huntsville is simply a great place to work, live, and play.