How would you rate your knowledge as a landlord. Being a landlord is more than just collecting rents. Understanding landlord/tenant law is the best protection for a landlord other than hiring a professional property manager.

Test your knowledge of landlord/tenant law by answering these questions then look at the answers below to see how you did.

  • 1. Can a landlord refuse to rent to a tenant with pets?
  • 2. What important document is needed if a residential property was built before January 1, 1978?
  • 3. Can an owner give a notice to vacate to a tenant on a lease?
  • 4. Can a landlord refuse to rent a property to people with children?
  • 5. What important act is the basis for much of the landlord/tenant settlements and legislation?
  • 6. True or false – a definition of habitability in rental housing is anything that endangers the livability of the property and the health and welfare of the tenants.
  • 7. True or false – a property owner can enter his rental property at any time without the permission of the tenant.
  • 8. True or false – it is a good policy to require a tenant to do all maintenance.
  • 9. True or false – turning down an applicant due to poor credit is considered discrimination.

How did you do, here are the correct answers to the questions:

  • 1. Yes, you can refuse to rent to a tenant if they have a pet as long as there is no discrimination involved and isn’t an “assistance animal”.
  • 2. A lead-based paint agreement is needed for a residential property, units 1-4, built before January 1, 1978.
  • 3. Yes, but they will not be required to move until the expiration date of the lease.
  • 4. You cannot refuse to rent to persons with children unless it qualified for a seniors or over 55 status. Otherwise it is considered discrimination.
  • 5. The basis for many landlord/tenant settlements or legislation is the URLTA, the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act.
  • 6. True
  • 7. False – the tenant has the right of privacy and most states have very specific laws on the right to enter. It is also common courtesy to notify a tenant because it is his or her residence.
  • 8. False – it is not a good policy to require tenants to do all maintenance for many reasons and particularly when it comes to issues of habitability.
  • 9. Definitely false – a landlord can require good credit as one of the criteria for renting and it is required of all applicants.

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