Category Archives: tenant

Contractual Modifications of Residential Lease Agreements

This month we are going to discuss contractual modifications of residential lease agreements.  A lease agreement is a legal contract providing possession of residential premises to a tenant for a fixed duration upon set terms.  There is no general contractual right to modify a legal contract – its terms remain binding on both parties forContinue Reading

Ask the Attorney: April Edition

Dear Ask the Attorney:My property has made a decision NOT to  participate in the Section 8 program. I attended a training given by HUD and it seems to me that we are opening ourselves up to a Fair Housing complaint by telling applicants that “we do not accept Section 8″.  Is Section 8 mandatory now? Continue Reading

Ask the Attorney: March Edition

Dear Ask the Attorney: My lease requires that the tenant maintain utility service to the leased premises.  Also, my city has an ordinance that says that a tenant cannot live somewhere without active utility service. Huntsville Utilities has shut off my tenant’s power for nonpayment. Does this mean I can call the City and haveContinue Reading

Filing an Eviction, Part 5

NEW CLASSES! It has been a long time since I have developed a new class but I am pleased to announce that we have TWO new classes that will be taught in March/April. Fair Housing – Sales:  I am actually very excited about this course because it contains an hour-long segment on prohibited advertising terms.Continue Reading

Abandonment Issues

There is a big difference between a tenant that is “in the process of moving” and a tenant that has “abandoned” the leased premises. Determining the difference is one of the trickiest issues that confronts a property manager. For example, I was recently contacted by a property manager who had a tenant under eviction andContinue Reading