Whether you’re renting out apartment units in an apartment complex or a house, going into your first (or second, or third…) landlord-tenant relationship with resources on your side will provide you knowledge and peace of mind.
We’ve compiled a manageable listing of resources for Utah Landlords to help you on your way.
1. Landlord-Tenant Basics Class
Did you know the Utah State Court system provides a series of online classes to help you better understand state laws? The Landlord-Tenant Basics Class is a great place to start if you’re new to renting property to tenants. The class includes details about the eviction process (though hopefully you’ll never need to evict anyone). You can watch for free on YouTube or purchase a DVD of the class for $2.
2. Landlord Association
If you’re looking for a listing of laws relating to landlords and tenants by state, this is a useful resource. Whether you have property to rent in or out of state, you can brush up on applicable laws and statutes. This listing also provides additional links to information on indoor air quality regulations and the Federal Fair Housing laws.
When we said our list was only four resources, it was a bit of a trick. This page offers an expansive listing that spans everything from resident rights and responsibilities, to a listing of free legal clinics (we participate in Cedar City). Need to know what to do in the event of a foreclosure? Or maybe you need to file a small claims case? Familiarizing yourself with this listing before you pass out keys can help you solve issues efficiently, if and when they arise.
You know you need to ask for a security deposit. After all, what if the home or apartment in which you’ve invested in becomes damaged over the course of a lease? Your tenant’s security deposit will help provide a cushion for repairs. Like all elements of running an apartment management business or renting out a house, there are rules and regulations designed to protect both you and your tenants. This resource covers details such as disclosure of when security deposits may become nonrefundable--as well as whether or not this regulation applies to your situation.