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Often on the Visio blog, we use the phrase “laws vary by state.” Since we serve 37 states and Washington D.C., it can be challenging for us to address some questions with one clear answer. Items such as notices and entry, leases, rents, and security deposits, just to name a few, are all regulated by state law. For instance, the state of Texas has no regulations around security deposits, while the state of Kansas has a maximum security deposit of one month’s rent for unfurnished units and half a month’s rent for furnished units. To help landlords keep track of their state(s) landlord-tenant laws, Landlordology created an extremely helpful up-to-date Interactive State Rental Law Map.
For each state, Landlordology has linked to the official rules and regulations and has summarized them into these six categories: Security Deposit; Lease, Rent and Fees; Notices and Entry; Disclosures and Miscellaneous Notes; Court and Legal Related; and Business Licenses. Some of the states even have overview videos. Landlordology follows the state laws and includes updates accordingly.
While we always recommend consulting your counsel for legal matters, Landlordology can be a great resource for landlords and overview of legal requirements, especially for those multi-state landlords. For other helpful landlord resources, see our blog category "Real Estate Investor Tools."