This form is used when the tenant has paid a deposit to the landlord to hold a particular property with the intention of renting it. This is used before a lease is signed. The form creates a legal agreement and specifies the both the rights and obligations of both the tenant and the landlord. for Alabama(US)

    Gives the landlord permission to call to previous landlords, for the purposes of doing a background and referene check. This is used for the purpose of verifying the information in the rental application before renting a house to the tenant. This form carefully limits the information that can be shared. That inforamtion should be directly related to the qualifications of the tenant and nothing more. This ensures that extraneous and possibily sensitive information, or information that can be discriminatory is not shared for Alabama(US)

Generally speaking, Alabama is considerd a landlord-friendly state. The reason for this is that there are not too many provisions about what a landlord can or cannot do. In fact, for the longest time there is no law covering landlords, tenants and other property rental aspects. However, ss of January 1, 2007, We now have the Alabama Landlord- Tenant Law to help make sure every rental house and apartment is a decent place to live.

Alabama law covers many aspects of the relationship between tenant and landlords. These cover,

  • security deposit
  • late rent
  • bounced check fees
  • eviction
  • rent collection

As soon as payment is accepted for rent, the tenant has both inherited rights and obligations under Alabama Code Title 3, Chapter 9A

  • There is no law in Alabama that prohibits landlords from charging an application fee for tenant screening.
  • The tenant can not withold payment of rent if the landlord does not make repairs. This tactic, called Repair and deduct is not legal in Alabama.
  • The tenant has a right to put in their requests, in writing, and give the landlord or the property owner 14 days to respond and get the repairs done. This period can be shorter if this is an emergency. If the landlord or the property owner does not respond within 14 days, the tenant has the right to file a complaint with the Alabama Department of Housing and Urban Development and also move out of the rental property without any further notice and without any further payment.

Each rental agreement, or lease, should have the following (at the least).

  • Description (address) of the property
  • Detailed information about the people allowed to live in the house
  • Detailed information the landlord.
  • Rent and security deposit
  • Dates of rental start and when the lease expires

You can read more about Tenant and Landlord rights and obligations in Alabama

Tenants have the right to suitable housing and the right to pursue some forms of alternative action. Alabama landlords have the right to collect rent in a timely manner and the right to pursue formal eviction in the case of a lease violation.

  • The Federal HUD handles complaints about housing discrimination, bad landlords in federal housing and many other issues. For additional local resources, you can also contact a housing counseling agency.
  • This handbook tells you what’s in the landlord-tenant law, along with some basic information for renters. There are sections on what you need to do before you move into a place, while you live there, when you move out, and when you need legal help on a tenant issue. If you have specific questions about your rights as a tenant, you should contact a lawyer – the handbook is not a substitute for legal advice.

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