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Arkansas 

Welcome to the legal listings here on Underground Landlord for the great state of Arkansas. If you are wondering if something is legal or not this is the place to find it..

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Landlord and Tenant Relationships

 

Arkansas law provides rights to both residential tenants and landlords. Arkansas laws on such issues apply only to private rental units and not government-subsidized housing.

 

TENANT RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS:

 

  • Landlords must provide notice of at least one rental period before raising the rent. This rule applies to both oral and written leases.

  • If you plan to sublease your apartment or house, you typically must obtain prior approval from the landlord, and obtain written direction from him or her stating the amount of rent that can be collected.

  • If you plan to move and have a written lease agreement, you must give notice according to the provisions of your lease.

  • If you plan to move out and have an oral lease agreement, you must give one rental period’s notice.

 

LANDLORD RIGHTS: 

 

  • In Arkansas, a landlord may give notice of lease termination for any reason. Even model tenants may be subject to having a lease terminated. The landlord must give one rental period’s notice for an oral lease, or provide notice according to the terms of a written lease. 

 

  • State law provides that upon the voluntary or involuntary termination of any lease agreement, all property left in the dwelling by the tenant will be considered abandoned and may be disposed of by the landlord as the landlord sees fit without recourse by the tenant. All property left on the premises by the tenant is subjected to a lien in favor of the landlord for the payment of all sums agreed to be paid by the tenant.

 

REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE:

 

  • When you rent a house or apartment, you usually agree to take it “as is.” This means that the landlord is not required to provide additional maintenance to the dwelling. There are, however, city building codes to protect your health and safety. If you have health or safety problems with your dwelling, contact the city to find out if the residence fully complies with housing codes. 

  • If your landlord promises to make repairs, make sure that promise is in the written lease. 

  • Even if a landlord does not make a promised repair, the tenant should continue to pay the rent. Tenants have some recourse, such as going to small claims court, renegotiating lease agreement terms, moving or seeking the advice of a private attorney.

  • Should you feel that your living conditions are an immediate health risk, you may contact the health inspector in your locality.

 

SECURITY DEPOSITS: Arkansas’s security-deposit law provides tenants with added protection. This law applies only to landlords who rent six or more dwellings. It contains the following provisions: 

 

  • If you are required to pay a security deposit, you cannot be charged in excess of two months’ rent. For example, if your rent is $500 a month, a landlord cannot require a security deposit of more than $1,000. 

  • When you move, the landlord must return your security deposit within 60 days. The landlord may, however, deduct from the security deposit the cost to repair any damages made to the dwelling or any past-due rent.

  • If the landlord deducts from your security deposit, the landlord must give you a written, itemized list of the charges withheld within 60 days of the time you vacate

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List of Counties in Arkansas

  • Arkansas County, AR

  • Ashley County, AR

  • Baxter County, AR

  • Benton County, AR

  • Boone County, AR

  • Bradley County, AR

  • Calhoun County, AR

  • Carroll County, AR

  • Chicot County, AR

  • Clark County, AR

  • Clay County, AR

  • Cleburne County, AR

  • Cleveland County, AR

  • Columbia County, AR

  • Conway County, AR

  • Craighead County, AR

  • Crawford County, AR

  • Crittenden County, AR

  • Cross County, AR

  • Dallas County, AR

  • Desha County, AR

  • Drew County, AR

  • Faulkner County, AR

  • Franklin County, AR

  • Fulton County, AR

  • Garland County, AR

  • Grant County, AR

  • Greene County, AR

  • Hempstead County, AR

  • Hot Spring County, AR

  • Howard County, AR

  • Independence County, AR

  • Izard County, AR

  • Jackson County, AR

  • Jefferson County, AR

  • Johnson County, AR

  • Lafayette County, AR

  • Lawrence County, AR

  • Lee County, AR

  • Lincoln County, AR

  • Little River County, AR

  • Logan County, AR

  • Lonoke County, AR

  • Madison County, AR

  • Marion County, AR

  • Miller County, AR

  • Mississippi County, AR

  • Monroe County, AR

  • Montgomery County, AR

  • Nevada County, AR

  • Newton County, AR

  • Ouachita County, AR

  • Perry County, AR

  • Phillips County, AR

  • Pike County, AR

  • Poinsett County, AR

  • Polk County, AR

  • Pope County, AR

  • Prairie County, AR

  • Pulaski County, AR

  • Randolph County, AR

  • Saint Francis County, AR

  • Saline County, AR

  • Scott County, AR

  • Searcy County, AR

  • Sebastian County, AR

  • Sevier County, AR

  • Sharp County, AR

  • Stone County, AR

  • Union County, AR

  • Van Buren County, AR

  • Washington County, AR

  • White County, AR

  • Woodruff County, AR

  • Yell County, AR

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Links to Legal Pages Based on State

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List of Cities and Towns in Arkansas
  • Alexander, AR

  • Alma, AR

  • Almyra, AR

  • Alpena, AR

  • Altheimer, AR

  • Altus, AR

  • Amity, AR

  • Arkadelphia, AR

  • Arkansas City, AR

  • Ash Flat, AR

  • Ashdown, AR

  • Atkins, AR

  • Aubrey, AR

  • Augusta, AR

  • Austin, AR

  • Avoca, AR

  • Bald Knob, AR

  • Barling, AR

  • Batesville, AR

  • Bauxite, AR

  • Bay, AR

  • Bearden, AR

  • Beebe, AR

  • Bella Vista, AR

  • Belleville, AR

  • Benton, AR

  • Bentonville, AR

  • Bergman, AR

  • Berryville, AR

  • Bigelow, AR

  • Biggers, AR

  • Black Oak, AR

  • Black Rock, AR

  • Blevins, AR

  • Blytheville, AR

  • Bono, AR

  • Booneville, AR

  • Bradford, AR

  • Bradley, AR

  • Branch, AR

  • Brinkley, AR

  • Brookland, AR

  • Bryant, AR

  • Buckner, AR

  • Bull Shoals, AR

  • Cabot, AR

  • Caldwell, AR

  • Calico Rock, AR

  • Calion, AR

  • Camden, AR

  • Caraway, AR

  • Carlisle, AR

  • Carthage, AR

  • Casa, AR

  • Cash, AR

  • Cave City, AR

  • Cave Springs, AR

  • Cedarville, AR

  • Centerton, AR

  • Charleston, AR

  • Cherokee Village, AR

  • Cherry Valley, AR

  • Chidester, AR

  • Clarendon, AR

  • Clarksville, AR

  • Clinton, AR

  • Coal Hill, AR

  • College Station, AR

  • Colt, AR

  • Concord, AR

  • Conway, AR

  • Corning, AR

  • Cotter, AR

  • Cotton Plant, AR

  • Cove, AR

  • Crawfordsville, AR

  • Crossett, AR

  • Cushman, AR

  • Damascus, AR

  • Danville, AR

  • Dardanelle, AR

  • De Queen, AR

  • De Valls Bluff, AR

  • De Witt, AR

  • Decatur, AR

  • Delight, AR

  • Dell, AR

  • Dermott, AR

  • Des Arc, AR

  • Diamond City, AR

  • Diaz, AR

  • Dierks, AR

  • Donaldson, AR

  • Dover, AR

  • Dumas, AR

  • Dyer, AR

  • Dyess, AR

  • Earle, AR

  • Edmondson, AR

  • El Dorado, AR

  • Elaine, AR

  • Elkins, AR

  • Elm Springs, AR

  • Emerson, AR

  • Emmet, AR

  • England, AR

  • Etowah, AR

  • Eudora, AR

  • Eureka Springs, AR

  • Evening Shade, AR

  • Fairfield Bay, AR

  • Farmington, AR

  • Fayetteville, AR

  • Fisher, AR

  • Flippin, AR

  • Fordyce, AR

  • Foreman, AR

  • Forrest City, AR

  • Fort Smith, AR

  • Fouke, AR

  • Friendship, AR

  • Fulton, AR

  • Garfield, AR

  • Garner, AR

  • Gassville, AR

  • Gentry, AR

  • Gillett, AR

  • Gilmore, AR

  • Glenwood, AR

  • Goshen, AR

  • Gosnell, AR

  • Gould, AR

  • Grady, AR

  • Grannis, AR

  • Gravette, AR

  • Green Forest, AR

  • Greenbrier, AR

  • Greenland, AR

  • Greenway, AR

  • Greenwood, AR

  • Griffithville, AR

  • Grubbs, AR

  • Gurdon, AR

  • Guy, AR

  • Hackett, AR

  • Hamburg, AR

  • Hampton, AR

  • Hardy, AR

  • Harrell, AR

  • Harrisburg, AR

  • Harrison, AR

  • Hartford, AR

  • Hartman, AR

  • Hatfield, AR

  • Havana, AR

  • Haynes, AR

  • Hazen, AR

  • Heber Springs, AR

  • Hector, AR

  • Helena, AR

  • Hermitage, AR

  • Hickory Ridge, AR

  • Higginson, AR

  • Holly Grove, AR

  • Hope, AR

  • Horatio, AR

  • Horseshoe Bend, AR

  • Hot Springs Village, AR

  • Hoxie, AR

  • Hughes, AR

  • Humnoke, AR

  • Humphrey, AR

  • Huntington, AR

  • Huntsville, AR

  • Huttig, AR

  • Imboden, AR

  • Jacksonport, AR

  • Jacksonville, AR

  • Jasper, AR

  • Johnson, AR

  • Joiner, AR

  • Jonesboro, AR

  • Judsonia, AR

  • Junction City, AR

  • Keiser, AR

  • Kensett, AR

  • Keo, AR

  • Kingsland, AR

  • Knobel, AR

  • Knoxville, AR

  • Lafe, AR

  • Lake City, AR

  • Lake Village, AR

  • Lakeview, AR

  • Lamar, AR

  • Lavaca, AR

  • Leachville, AR

  • Lead Hill, AR

  • Leola, AR

  • Lepanto, AR

  • Leslie, AR

  • Letona, AR

  • Lewisville, AR

  • Lexa, AR

  • Lincoln, AR

  • Little Rock, AR

  • Lockesburg, AR

  • London, AR

  • Lonoke, AR

  • Lowell, AR

  • Luxora, AR

  • Lynn, AR

  • Madison, AR

  • Magazine, AR

  • Magnolia, AR

  • Malvern, AR

  • Mammoth Spring, AR

  • Manila, AR

  • Mansfield, AR

  • Marianna, AR

  • Marion, AR

  • Marked Tree, AR

  • Marmaduke, AR

  • Marshall, AR

  • Marvell, AR

  • Maumelle, AR

  • Mayflower, AR

  • Maynard, AR

  • Mc Crory, AR

  • Mc Neil, AR

  • Mc Rae, AR

  • Melbourne, AR

  • Mena, AR

  • Menifee, AR

  • Midland, AR

  • Mineral Springs, AR

  • Monette, AR

  • Monticello, AR

  • Montrose, AR

  • Moro, AR

  • Morrilton, AR

  • Mount Ida, AR

  • Mount Pleasant, AR

  • Mountain Home, AR

  • Mountain Pine, AR

  • Mountain View, AR

  • Mountainburg, AR

  • Mulberry, AR

  • Murfreesboro, AR

  • Nashville, AR

  • Newark, AR

  • Newport, AR

  • Norfork, AR

  • Norman, AR

  • Norphlet, AR

  • North Little Rock, AR

  • O Kean, AR

  • Oak Grove, AR

  • Oden, AR

  • Ogden, AR

  • Oil Trough, AR

  • Ola, AR

  • Osceola, AR

  • Oxford, AR

  • Ozark, AR

  • Palestine, AR

  • Pangburn, AR

  • Paragould, AR

  • Paris, AR

  • Parkdale, AR

  • Parkin, AR

  • Patterson, AR

  • Pea Ridge, AR

  • Perry, AR

  • Perryville, AR

  • Piggott, AR

  • Pine Bluff, AR

  • Pineville, AR

  • Plainview, AR

  • Pleasant Plains, AR

  • Plumerville, AR

  • Pocahontas, AR

  • Pollard, AR

  • Portia, AR

  • Portland, AR

  • Pottsville, AR

  • Poyen, AR

  • Prairie Grove, AR

  • Prattsville, AR

  • Prescott, AR

  • Pyatt, AR

  • Quitman, AR

  • Ravenden, AR

  • Rector, AR

  • Redfield, AR

  • Reyno, AR

  • Rison, AR

  • Rogers, AR

  • Rose Bud, AR

  • Rosston, AR

  • Russell, AR

  • Russellville, AR

  • Salem, AR

  • Scranton, AR

  • Searcy, AR

  • Sheridan, AR

  • Sherwood, AR

  • Shirley, AR

  • Sidney, AR

  • Siloam Springs, AR

  • Smackover, AR

  • Sparkman, AR

  • Springdale, AR

  • Stamps, AR

  • Star City, AR

  • Stephens, AR

  • Strawberry, AR

  • Strong, AR

  • Stuttgart, AR

  • Subiaco, AR

  • Sulphur Rock, AR

  • Sulphur Springs, AR

  • Summit, AR

  • Sweet Home, AR

  • Swifton, AR

  • Taylor, AR

  • Texarkana, AR

  • Thornton, AR

  • Tillar, AR

  • Tontitown, AR

  • Traskwood, AR

  • Trumann, AR

  • Tuckerman, AR

  • Turrell, AR

  • Tyronza, AR

  • Ulm, AR

  • Van Buren, AR

  • Vilonia, AR

  • Viola, AR

  • Wabbaseka, AR

  • Waldo, AR

  • Waldron, AR

  • Walnut Ridge, AR

  • Ward, AR

  • Warren, AR

  • Watson, AR

  • Weiner, AR

  • West Fork, AR

  • West Helena, AR

  • West Memphis, AR

  • Western Grove, AR

  • White Hall, AR

  • Wickes, AR

  • Widener, AR

  • Wilmar, AR

  • Wilmot, AR

  • Wilson, AR

  • Wilton, AR

  • Winslow, AR

  • Woodson, AR

  • Wooster, AR

  • Wrightsville, AR

  • Wynne, AR

  • Yellville, AR

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Common Rule of Law in Real Estate

In real estate law, real property (also known as realty, real estate, or immovable property) refers to property that is intrinsically linked to land. It also includes buildings, machines, and equipment attached to the land. In the United States, each State (with the notable exception of Louisiana) regulates and legally protects real estate primarily through common law and real estate law.

The common law and real estate law regulate the liability of an owner in regard to the safety of a third person party on their property. Within the common law, there are three different types of third parties that can be found on land. The liabilities associated for a landowner vary greatly depending on the status of the third person party. Contact real estate lawyers for legal advice and assistance.

 

Trespasser

 

A trespasser is defined in common law as a third person party that enters a property without the knowledge or invitation of a landowner for personal purposes. Landowners typically have no duty to warn adult trespassers of dangers on a property or to make their property safe for adult trespassers. Although the duty is lighter than for a licensee or an invitee, a landowner is responsible to ensure the safety of the property if the owner believes trespassers could be on the property, especially in the case of children.

In the case of child trespassers, the owner is held to a higher standard in protecting the child from harm by ensuring the safety the property. Properties that might boast features that would attract child trespassers, such as ponds or pools, are often required to ensure the safety of their property to a higher degree.

Licensee

A licensee is defined in common law as a third person party that is invited on to and remains on a property for any reason other than a commercial or business reason. Thus, a guest would be a licensee, and not an invitee. Licensees are protected more than trespassers, and the landowner owes a higher degree of duty in maintaining the safety of a property and warning licensees of the dangers on a property.

Property owners are often found liable under real estate law and common law for damage or harm to a licensee or a licensee's property if the owner neglected to ensure the safety of a known danger on the property, failed to inform the licensee of the dangers on a property, or if a licensee did not have a reasonable understanding or notice of the dangers on a property.

Invitee

An invitee is defined in common law as a third person party that is invited on to and remains on a property for business or commercial purposes that will benefit the owner of the property. These invitations could be either implicit or explicit. For example, "open" signs and open doors are both considered invitations for these purposes.

Invitees are protected with the highest regard and owners have the highest liability to this class of third person parties. If the risk of harm or damage for an invitee or an invitee's property is considered unreasonable and the unsafe conditions of the property are explicitly known and understood by the owner, the owner must protect the invitee from any harm or damage. Invitees can also be classified as public invitees in real estate law, where their presence is legitimized by the use of a land for a public purpose.