American Landlord Law: Everything U Need to Know About by Trevor Rhodes

By Trevor Rhodes

The Definitive consultant for Every Landlord

Whether you simply have an additional room to hire or a starting to be apartment empire, you continue to desire trustworthy info and specialist recommendation to ensure you do it correct. Drawn from years of expertise aiding millions of landlords, American Landlord leads all people from the hot landlord to the previous professional via the entire fine details of estate administration.


  • Buying and preserving apartment houses
  • Successfully ads your vacancies
  • Safely and securely screening your candidates
  • Effectively facing not easy tenants
  • Understanding condo types and agreements

BONUS CD-ROM FEATURES: Ready-to-print apartment purposes, hire agreements, checklists plus landlord-tenant legislation for all 50 states, and masses more!

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As with any type of correspondence between yourself and your tenant, specific choice of language should be used to maintain a continuous state of professionalism these letters should never be inflammatory, accusatory or disparaging, regardless of how the tenant chooses to behave. You never want to appear anything less than thoroughly upstanding and respectful in the eyes of the law thereby reducing your chances of unintentionally handing a tenant the opportunity to take legal action against you for something you said.

49 50 Chapter 3: Returning the Security Deposit Statute of Limitations for Written Contracts (Lease Agreements) Alabama 6 years Alaska 6 years Arizona 6 years Arkansas 5 years California 4 years Colorado 6 years Connecticut 6 years Delaware 3 years District of Columbia 3 years Florida 5 years Georgia 6 years Hawaii 6 years Idaho 5 years Illinois 10 years Indiana 10 years Iowa 10 years Kansas 5 years Kentucky 15 years Louisiana 10 years Maine 6 years Maryland 3 years Massachusetts 6 years Michigan 6 years Minnesota 6 years Mississippi 3 years Missouri 10 years How to Avoid a Showdown!

Well, unfortunately, it does happen. A tenant can have as long as 10 years in some states to come back at you for something as simple as the remaining security deposit. Again, most of these cases are filed in a small claims court, which usually handles disputes of $5,000 or less. On the next four pages are two guides for every state regarding how much time tenants have to file a case against you and the maximum amount they can collect in a small claims court. Note: Tenants always have the option of suing you in a higher court if they choose, especially if the amount they are trying to collect exceeds the maximum amount permissible in a small claims court.

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