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Landlord tenant law in every US state
December 5, 2007 9:40 AM   Subscribe

Links to the landlord-tenant law of every state in the US from Consumerist.

Pretty useful for a lot of mefites, I would think.
posted by dersins (21 comments total) 70 users marked this as a favorite

 
[via, btw]
posted by dersins at 9:47 AM on December 5, 2007


So there won't be any more AskMe's on this topic!
posted by dead_ at 9:47 AM on December 5, 2007


Yeesh. I just spent the morning figuring out what we can do about a tenant's son who was just arrested for dealing ecstasy.
posted by dhartung at 9:49 AM on December 5, 2007


So there won't be any more AskMe's on this topic!

Huzzah!
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:50 AM on December 5, 2007


Dear AskMe -

I live in Guam, and I want to sue my landlord.
posted by ORthey at 9:54 AM on December 5, 2007 [5 favorites]


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posted by twsf at 10:06 AM on December 5, 2007


So, apparently my landlord is only required to give me 150 square feet of living space. That seems ridiculous.
posted by backseatpilot at 10:09 AM on December 5, 2007


Hell, a family of five can live in a 3 x 50 foot room, why complain? [/pretend funny]
posted by edgeways at 10:11 AM on December 5, 2007


thanks! quite useful
posted by AceRock at 10:21 AM on December 5, 2007


backseatpilot: 150 sq ft is larger than a lot of dorm rooms. The first dorm I lived in was 9'8"x14' for a double occupancy room (135sq ft). If it were converted to single occupancy, I think a toilet, shower, and sink could be added to that while keeping it under 150 sq ft. Which is not to say I would want to live there.
posted by jedicus at 10:24 AM on December 5, 2007


I've got a shotgun. Do you want be to stop 'em?
posted by Curry at 10:28 AM on December 5, 2007


Very useful. Check your municipal code as well -- many cities have tenant and housing laws in addition to the state's.
posted by ardgedee at 10:44 AM on December 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: 147 square inches of living space, and a tenant's son who was just arrested for dealing ecstasy.
(Bookmarked - very useful!)
posted by not_on_display at 10:45 AM on December 5, 2007


Note: Not applicable to condominiums, or where prohibited by law.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:08 AM on December 5, 2007


These are links directly to the statute itself, which is somewhat helpful, but oftentimes that is not something that someone with no legal training can understand (depends on the person and the statute of course). I prefer sending people to reputable sites that explain the law, rather than sending them directly to the statute itself. Here are some examples.
posted by ND¢ at 11:22 AM on December 5, 2007


Quick, How many cats can I keep per square foot in Montana? Is 3 per square foot too much? This is an EMERGENCY!!!
posted by blue_beetle at 11:23 AM on December 5, 2007


Following up on what ND¢ said, I took a quick look at NY, where I practice L&T law, and it's a link to the AG's website. With due respect to Cuomo, that's not where I'd send any tenant of mine who wanted to do housing research on the laws in NY. It might be a good overview site, but the world of NY L&T law is too complicated and involves too many statutes for a single link to encompass it all. Still, interesting idea.
posted by lassie at 11:38 AM on December 5, 2007


I've been evicted twice in the last year for no reason at all. Here is the link to UK landlord tenant laws ...oh wait there really aren't any. Being Canadian I never ever thought I would be jealous of American protection of the little guy. Then I moved to England.
posted by srboisvert at 2:26 PM on December 5, 2007


srboisvert: In the UK, you must negotiate your lease. This is not an impossible task, I've done it.
posted by Goofyy at 11:38 PM on December 5, 2007


I'm no longer renting, but this is Good.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:31 AM on December 6, 2007


Goofyy: I did sign leases. In the UK unlike North America once your lease is up you are naked. Zero protection. You can be evicted for asking for repairs. You can be evicted simply 'because'. At least that is the case in Birmingham.
posted by srboisvert at 10:34 AM on December 6, 2007


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