Landlord and Tenant

Self Help Legal Information

  • Evictions

    If you get eviction papers from the Sheriff, you only have a short time to act. If you do not answer an eviction action quickly, you will end up being put out on the street. This article tells you what you can do to get your day in court and how to put on your best case. Read More

  • Leases

    This article tells you what to look for when reading a lease. Unfortunately, most landlords use leases that don't give tenants many rights. Even if you have little choice, you should know where you stand. Read More

  • Repairs in Rental Housing

    This article tells you what repairs your landlord may have to make. It also tells you what you can do if your landlord does not make those repairs. Read More

  • A Decent Place to Live: Tenant Rights in Alabama PDF

    Alabama's Landlord Tenant Law spells out what makes a rental dwelling livable and lists the basic rights and duties of both tenants and landlords. This pamphlet outlines the major points covered by the law. (You must have a PDF reader on your computer to open this document. To get Adobe’s PDF Reader, click on the Get Adobe Reader icon to download.) Content Detail

  • Ending Your Lease and Moving Out

    Sometimes, you have to move before your lease has ended. When you do, you risk having your landlord sue you for rent for the whole lease term. This article tells you steps you can take to reduce your risk. Read More

  • Landlord's Lease Termination

    Sometimes, landlords want to make you move. This article tells you when your landlord can end your lease. It also tells you what you can do about it. Read More

  • Manual de los Arrendatarios de Alabama

    Spanish/Español version of The Alabama Tenants' Handbook. Read More

  • The Alabama Tenants' Handbook

    The Alabama Landlord Tenant Law became effective January 1, 2007. This handbook helps renters understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities under this law. This booklet was produced by LSA, Alabama Appleseed and Alabama Arise Citizens' Policy Project. Read More

  • Una Vivienda Digna: Derechos de los Arrendatarios en Alabama

    La Ley de Arrendadores y Arrendatarios de Alabama establece cuáles son las condiciones para que una vivienda arrendada sea habitable y enumera los derechos y las obligaciones básicos de los arrendadores y los arrendatarios. Este folleto destaca los aspectos más importantes de la ley. Spanish version of A Decent Place to Live: Tenant Rights in Alabama. Read More

  • Rental Assistance

    Looking for an apartment or house to rent? This page has information on your rights and responsibilities, budgeting, where to get housing assistance and counseling, and more. Also in Spanish/Español Read More

  • Tenants: Your Rights When Your Landlord is Foreclosed On

    Are you renting an apartment or home that's in foreclosure? A law in effect as of May 20, 2009 may protect you. Read this notice for more information. Read More

  • Alabama's Landlord-Tenant Law Has Changed!

    Changes took effect July 1, 2014 Read More

  • Request to Continue Trial

    PS-18: Form to be used to request to continue or postpone or "put off" a trial. Read More

  • Save Those Papers!

    In order to protect your rights, you may need to use papers others have given you. This fact sheet tells you what papers you should save. Read More