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What does the law require of landlords?

Owning rental property in Utah is a great way to earn income, but there is much more involved than simply finding people to pay rent. As a landlord, there are many things the law requires of you, and in order to avoid complications with the law, you may find it beneficial to fully understand both your rights and your obligations. 

When you do not fully understand your requirements or what you have to do, it can lead to complex and expensive disputes with your renters. It can also expose you to the risk of a civil claim. Before you begin to find occupants to live in your rental properties, you will find it beneficial to seek a complete evaluation of your case.

What do you have to do?

Outside of owning the property and finding renters, there are various things that you will have to do to protect the rights of the people living there, as well as reduce the chance of a serious issue that could have complex and expensive repercussions. Some of the duties required of landlords include the following:

  • Landlords have to repair any blatant issues, especially ones that can compromise the safety and well-being of occupants.
  • You have to ensure that your rental property is in habitable condition before people move in.
  • When making repairs, you have to be certain to provide the tenants necessary notice before entering their property.
  • Landlords cannot violate the privacy of any person living in their rental properties.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring that your properties are all up to necessary codes.

The list of obligations that landlords have to meet is extensive, and this is not an exhaustive list. Many landlords find it beneficial to seek qualified guidance even before they rent property, to ensure they know both their obligations to renters and their rights as the person who owns the property. 

Guidance for real estate concerns

Real estate matters are complex legal issues, and it is appropriate and beneficial to seek guidance as you work for a positive outcome to your situation. As a landlord, protecting your interests and avoiding complications is not something that should wait until an issue arises.

Landlord-tenant issues are both disruptive and stressful. When you can avoid issues by meeting your legal obligations, you can save a significant amount of time and money. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand more about this area of real estate law.

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