Landlord-Tenant Law; judge balance on top of pile of books

Being a landlord isn’t just collecting rent checks. Tenants and landlords have important rights and obligations. A critical element for you to be a successful landlord is compliance with state and federal regulations governing the landlord-tenant relationship. Many landlords do not fully understand their rights or legal obligations, and this can be very dangerous. According to a recent survey conducted by Zillow, as much as 50% of surveyed landlords do not know basic rental laws. If a landlord-tenant dispute arises you need to be prepared and understand your rights and obligations because a lot is at stake. 

There are a lot of federal, state, and local laws that govern the rental industry and the landlord-tenant relationship. This makes it critical to understand the laws. You must know what you can do, and what you cannot if a dispute arises. The Landlord-tenant law “governs the rental of commercial and residential property. It is composed primarily of state statutes and common law” (Legal Information Institute). These laws are established to protect both landlords and their tenants. Some cities have specific ordinances regarding landlord-tenant rights as well. Each law will vary slightly from state to state.

Here are the basics of the Landlord-tenant law: 

  • Security Deposit: Every landlord has the right to charge their tenant a security deposit. The security deposit doesn’t actually belong to you. After the rental period is over, you will need to return the security deposit. You can deduct money from the deposit if the tenant has damaged the rental unit.
  • Warranty of Habitability: This requires a landlord to substantially comply with building & housing code standards. Housing codes were established to ensure that residential rental units were habitable at the time of rental and during the tenancy.
  • Quiet enjoyment of the property: ensures that the tenant will not be disturbed by someone with a superior legal title to the land including the landlord. 
  • Eviction: landlord barring a tenant from using the property, usually due to the tenant materially violating the lease and/or not paying the agreed-upon rent. 
  • Notify tenants in writing if the property changes ownership.
  • Do not restrain the tenant’s access to the property, nor turn off utilities.

If understanding all the federal, state, and local laws are becoming a hassle, a property management company can help. When choosing a property management company you want someone that you can fully trust. The property management company that you hire must know the laws associated with renting out a property. At Beaufort Rentals (House Match Property Management / CRM Properties) we have the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to manage your property. 

This blog post is for informational purposes only and not to provide legal advice. 

Always consult your appropriate legal jurisdiction authority before acting.

Bethan Johnson

Turn Coordinator

Bethan is a Property Manager Assistant. She performs all property inspection and evaluations, creates tenant invoices and oversees disposition of security deposits.

Why choose CRM Properties?

We have the best selection of homes in the Kokomo area. Our staff’s dedication to customer service leads to a swift response to maintenance and tenant questions.


What is your screening process?

We verify income with copies of pay stubs and verification from your employer. We check court records for any judgments and criminal activity. We also contact your previous landlords directly for a referral. We will verify that the person we call is actually your landlord.


Are pets allowed?

Most homes allow pets. We do have breed and size restrictions. We limit the number of allowed pets and you must provide proof of vaccinations on all pets. We charge an additional $25 per month and $150 additional deposit.


How much is the damage deposit?

The damage deposit is equal to one month’s rent. An additional $150 is required for all pets.


How long of a lease must I sign?

Our leases are typically one year. During winter months we structure our leases to expire during the spring.


How do I pay my rent?

You can pay rent in person with a personal check, cashier’s check or money order. You may set up an e-payment or direct deposit. You may also mail your rent or use our dropbox.


What happens if I can’t pay my rent on time?

We do not make arrangements on rent. Rent is due on the 1st of each month. Late fees start on the 5th. If we do not receive rent by the 15th we file an eviction. You may stop the eviction if you pay rent in full prior to the eviction date.


How are utilities handled?

Utilities are typically the tenant’s responsibility. Utilities must be transferred into the tenants name prior to signing the lease. If the tenant is responsible for the sanitation bill and fails to pay it, we reserve the right to increase the monthly rent and include sanitation in the rent.


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Amanda Mendenhall

Leasing Agent

Amanda is our Leasing Agent. She oversees property showings and screens applicants.

Bethany Shoffner

Portfolio Manager

Bethany is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience.

Hannah Dobbins

Resident Service Coordinator

Julie Mullinax

Operations Manager

Julie is our Operations Manager. She oversees the staff and the day to day operations of our company.

Heather Johnson

Property Manager

Heather is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience

Jennifer Koenig

Resident Services Coordinator

Jennifer is our Office Assistant. She assists the Property Managers with all property and social media marketing.

Amanda Marshall

Maintenance Coordinator

Theresa Cain-Rush

Property Management Assistant

Darin Olson

Maintenance Manager

Darin is our Maintenance Manager. He investigates maintenance issues and offers suggestions and estimates for repairs.

Lynda Simpson


Lynda is our Bookkeeper. She handles all accounts payable and receivables. She also coordinates all owner and tenant billing.

Chris Mullinax

Broker Owner & New Business Development

As President and Owner of CRM Properties Chris helps generate new business and works on making sure the business is compliant with all local, state and national laws and ordinances.

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