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A Decent Place to Live: Tenant Rights in Alabama

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Manual de los Arrendatarios de Alabama

Spanish/Español version of The Alabama Tenants' Handbook.

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.

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.

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.

Tenants: Your Rights When Your Landlord is Foreclosed On

Are you renting an apartment or home that's in foreclosure? The laws that protect you have changed. Know your rights.

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.

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.

Answer to Landlord's Claim - Residental Eviction/Unlawful Detainer

PS-01: If your landlord is trying to evict you and you disagree with the eviction, read this form and follow the steps on it to try to stop the eviction. Remember, the deadline is 7 days after the date you were served the Statement of Claim, or it was posted on your door. You can still file your answer after the deadline if the court has not entered judgment yet.

Request to Continue Trial

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

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