Alabama Landlord Tenant Law

Alabama Landlord Tenant Laws are governed by Alabama Code, Title 35: Property – Chapter 9A, Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. In addition to the General Provisions and Definitions, the Alabama Landlord Tenant Laws explain the rights and responsibilities of the parties to a landlord tenant agreement. Remedies are provided should one of the parties in a landlord tenant relationship violate the Alabama Landlord Tenant Law statutes. No part of this information is a substitute for legal advice. If you have questions or believe you have a legal case under Alabama Landlord Tenant Law, you should contact an attorney.

Alabama Landlord Tenant Law

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Alabama Landlord Tenant Law – Security Deposits

Landlords can require that a tenant pay a security deposit, but the amount of the security deposit cannot exceed the amount of a one month rent payment. Within 60 days of the termination of the tenancy, the landlord is required to return the security deposit, less any damages or outstanding rent due, to the forwarding address provided by the tenant. If the landlord does deduct damages from the security deposit, an itemized list of damages, as well as any other deductions must be provided to the tenant in writing. If the landlord fails to return the security deposit within 60 days, “The landlord shall pay the tenant double the amount of the tenant’s original deposit,” in accordance with Alabama Landlord Tenant Law.

Alabama Landlord Tenant Law – Retaliatory Conduct

Retaliatory conduct on the part of the landlord is prohibited because:

  1. The tenant has complained to a governmental agency charged with responsibility for enforcement of a building or housing code of a violation applicable to the premises materially affecting health and safety;
  2. The tenant has complained to the landlord of a violation under Section 35-9A-204; or
  3. The tenant has organized or become a member of a tenant’s union or similar organization.

If a landlord violates this section, the tenant can recover damages and use the retaliation as a defense in a retaliatory action for possession of the premises. However, as pointed out by Onecle, the landlord can still bring action for possession if the tenant is in default of rent payments, if the violations of housing or building codes were primarily caused by the tenant’s negligence or for “other material violations of the lease.”

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Alabama Landlord Forms

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Nationwide Landlord Tenant Laws

Looking for landlord tenant laws outside of Alabama? The American Apartment Owners Association offers helpful landlord tenant laws for all 50 states. Click on any of the states listed below and go directly to its landlord tenant law page. To visit the homepage of landlord tenant laws, click here.