HAVE YOUR RIGHTS AS A TENANT BEEN VIOLATED?
Home is where the heart is, but a grievance with your landlord can quickly turn your sweet home Alabama into a nightmare. Whether you’re considering entering into a residential lease, or you’re already a renter, take some time to understand Alabama’s laws defining tenants’ rights.
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Alabama statues detail the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in Alabama. This includes provisions about collecting and returning security deposits, collecting rent, and terminating or renewing a lease. Unfortunately, Alabama doesn’t recognize certain tenants’ rights that many other states do. Notably, Alabama doesn’t recognize this right, so tenants that withhold rent for essential repairs put themselves at risk of being in breach of the lease. However, tenants are not without legal rights in this situation and have the right to bring an action against a landlord for failing to keep the unit in a habitable condition.
Another distinction in Alabama law is that the state has chosen to adopt the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination by landlords against tenants on the basis of race, religion, gender, or other classifications. While some states include their own laws regarding discrimination in renting, often expanding such protections to LGBTQ individuals and other groups, Alabama chooses to incorporate the federal statute instead.
If you have been the victim of inhabitable conditions, it is important to consult a legal professional immediately.