Alabama Standard Residential Lease Agreement

An Alabama standard residential lease agreement is a legally binding document between a landlord and tenant to lease livable space for a fixed period. It is commonly written for one year, with the tenant also required to pay utilities and other services. The tenant may be required to undergo a credit check and pay a security deposit before signing a lease.

Last updated April 13th, 2024

An Alabama standard residential lease agreement is a legally binding document between a landlord and tenant to lease livable space for a fixed period. It is commonly written for one year, with the tenant also required to pay utilities and other services. The tenant may be required to undergo a credit check and pay a security deposit before signing a lease.

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Disclosures

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – If a residence was constructed before January 1, 1978, a landlord must complete this disclosure and give it to the tenant.(24 CFR 35.92)

Landlord Identification – Mentioned in the lease or as an attachment, the landlord must include the contact details of the landlord or someone authorized on the premises.(§ 35-9A-202(a))

Rent Grace Period

There is no rent grace period in Alabama. The tenant must pay rent at the time and in the manner agreed in the lease.(§ 35-9A-161(c))

Security Deposit

Maximum Amount – One month’s rent.(§ 35-9A-201(a))

Returning – It is required that the landlord return the security deposit within 60 days after the tenant has vacated the premises.(§ 35-9A-201(b))

  • Deductions – If deductions exist, an itemized list of what was charged must be disclosed to the tenant.(§ 35-9A-201(c))
  • Tenant Doesn’t Forward New Address – If the tenant doesn’t forward their new address to the landlord, the security deposit becomes forfeited after 90 days.(§ 35-9A-201(d))