Rental housing laws are designed to protect both parties in the landlord-tenant relationship. Landlords want to protect their property, business and rental funds, and a renter wants to protect his right to quiet enjoyment and peaceful living.
Knowledge of and compliance with federal, state and local regulations is crucial for both landlords and tenants. The major federal laws that affect all landlords and property managers are the Fair Housing Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
States laws regarding rental properties and tenant rights typically concern practical matters. These include things like the rights and responsibilities, legal lease terms, lease termination guidelines, and how evictions must be handled.