Recently, this Oklahoma legal blog provided an informative post on the rights that landlords have with respect to the individuals who lease their rental spaces. For example, under certain conditions a landlord may have the right to evict a tenant and retain their security deposit to compensate the landlord for losses incurred due to the tenant’s malfeasance. Landlords can place certain restrictions on what activities tenants may engage in on their premises and may seek payment of missed rental checks and other costs when their tenants fall behind. But as previously mentioned, tenants have rights, too. Landlords may not kick their tenants out of their properties without notice and landlords must abide by state and federal laws that prohibit disparate treatment in the housing market. A landlord may believe that they have good cause to remove a tenant from theirContinue reading: Our firm is available to help with your tenant legal troubles
Those who own real estate in Oklahoma that they rent out know how stressful it can be. There are many laws in place to protect tenants, but landlords also have rights. Almost every landlord will have to evict a tenant at some point. Many times, an eviction occurs because a tenant has not paid rent. While state laws vary, in general if a tenant does not pay rent, a landlord needs to give notice for payment within a certain number of days. If, following that, rent still hasn’t been paid, a landlord can sue for eviction. A tenant may also be evicted if they violate the terms of the lease or they break the law, such as engaging in illegal drug activity. A landlord has the right to use their renter’s security deposit damages or unpaid rent after the leaseContinue reading: What rights do Oklahoma landlords have?
Owning real estate has long been a part of the “American Dream.” In a state like Oklahoma, with large tracts of land, and a history of homesteading, land ownership can be a way not only to gain some prestige, but perhaps make some money as well. Owning a piece of property that one rents to others can be either a nice “side hustle” or a full-time job. While owning such types of property come with privileges, it also comes with responsibilities. The common law placed upon a landlord a very generalized responsibility called the “implied warranty of habitability.” According to this doctrine, even if the landlord did not specifically agree, he had the duty to maintain a property he was renting to a tenant in a condition such that the tenant could live in peace and some minimum standard ofContinue reading: What duties do Oklahoma landlords have?
In Oklahoma, there are certain laws and regulations regarding landlord/tenant agreements. Here are some basic things landlords need to understand to minimize liability and guard against costly disputes. Landlord Obligations Landlords in Oklahoma are obligated to maintain their properties in such a way that provides for the personal safety of their tenants and all visitors to the properties. Specific details regarding such obligations vary by state. However, the following are typically included in retail and other commercial agreements: A main responsibility of a landlord is to make sure the building adheres to all construction codes. A landlord must provide a clean and appropriate water supply. Proper trash receptacles must be on-site as well. All necessary inspections regarding electrical wiring, asbestos, carbon monoxide detection, etc., must take place before finalizing an agreement. Landlords must make all necessary repairs to maintainContinue reading: Comprehensive legal representation for Oklahoma landlords
A previous post on this blog discussed how the eviction process works under Oklahoma law. Although each state’s laws about eviction are different, the basics of the process work the same from state to state. One of the questions landlords in Oklahoma and elsewhere may have is, “Where do I go from here?” once the landlord has evicted a tenant either for not paying rent or for violating some other important provision of a rental agreement. After all, an eviction, strictly speaking, is just a court order allowing a landlord to remove a tenant. It is not the same as a court order for the tenant to pay money and it is a far cry from the landlord’s actually having his or her rent or compensation for damages in hand. This is an important distinction since a landlord, in orderContinue reading: So I evicted my tenant, how do I get my money?
Those who own rental property in Oklahoma hope that they have good renters. Usually this is the case, but occasionally a property owner needs to evict their renter. There is a process for eviction “for cause” that Oklahoma property owners should be familiar with in landlord-tenant law. The first step in an eviction is to terminate the rental agreement or lease. A landlord will need to have legal cause in order to terminate a lease. Legal cause can include unpaid rent, criminal activity or lease violations. In order to terminate, a landlord must give the renter notice. The amount of notice a landlord needs to give depends on the violation. In non-payment of rent, the landlord needs to give a five-day notice to pay the rent. If the tenant does not pay the rent in five days then the landlordContinue reading: What is the eviction process in Oklahoma?
Many Oklahoma residents have investment property or are considering buying investment property. Investment property can be a good way to increase a family’s income and diversify their portfolio. There are many landlord-tenant laws that must be followed along with other things to keep in mind when thinking about buying investment property. With the decrease of available homes on the market, rental properties have become increasingly hard to find. This can be a good thing for those who are considering purchasing rental property. Some things to keep in mind for potential buyers include making sure they have a large down payment of at least 20% or more in order to secure a good mortgage rate. If a buyer is handy and able to fix things themselves that can also save quite a bit of money. A person just starting in investmentContinue reading: Things to consider when buying investment property