Help for Landlords in Alabama | Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

In 2006, the Alabama State Legislature enacted the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (the Act),1 which is based upon the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act of 1972—a statute that had been adopted in 20 states in some form.2 Prior to the passage of the Act, Alabama was one of only two states without a landlord-tenant law.3 The Act applies only to residential rental agreements entered into or renewed after January 1, 2007, and excludes public institutions, lease sale contracts, fraternities, hotels, condominiums, and premises rented primarily for agricultural purposes from its coverage. Since the Act supersedes both previous case law4 and county or city ordinances, a basic knowledge of its content is critical for landlords and tenants alike. In an attempt to familiarize the reader with the Act, this article provides a general summary of the primary duties and rights of both landlords and tenants under the new law.


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