3 Rights Landlords Have in Utah
Being a landlord can be challenging. However, even though tenants do have rights that are designed to protect them, you have rights as well. These are some of the rights that you have as a landlord in Utah.
Charging a Security Deposit as You See Fit
First of all, if you are like many landlords, you might require your tenants to provide you with a security deposit before moving into your property. This is designed to protect you in case your property is damaged. In some states, landlords are limited to how much they can charge a security deposit, but this is not the case in Utah. You can charge whatever you see fit. However, you do have laws that apply to you as well, such as the requirement to return the security deposit to the tenant within a certain time-frame if the property is not damaged.
Accessing Unit with Proper Notice
As a landlord, you might not like the idea of not being able to enter your property whenever you want to. However, tenants are protected in this matter so that they can have a bit more privacy. Regardless, you do have the right to access your unit to make repairs, perform an inspection and more; you just have to provide ample notice. The law states that you have to give at least 24 hours’ worth of notice before entering the property.
The last thing that you probably want to do is evict a tenant. After all, you might not like the idea of “putting someone out on the street.” Plus, in a business sense, evictions aren’t a good thing. This is because you could lose a lot of time and money in the process.
Regardless, even though it’s not necessarily a positive thing, sometimes evictions are necessary. For example, if your tenant has not been paying his or her rent, you can move forward with an eviction. You do have to give your tenants three days in which to either pay their rent or move, but if they do not do either, you can evict them. You can also evict tenants for other things, such as breaking the rules of the lease, although you might want to talk to an attorney about the specifics of the situation that you are dealing with so that you can handle it properly.
As you can see, as a landlord in Utah, you do have rights. If you need help with handling a difficult rental situation, we can help. Here at Hepworth & Associates, we provide real estate law services for landlords just like you. No matter what type of situation you are dealing with, we can provide you with advice that you can count on and can give you the legal representation that you need.
About the Author:
Michael Hepworth is the Managing Partner of Hepworth & Associates. He is also the Principal Broker and President of Security Real Estate, LLC located in Bountiful, Utah, and Vice President of Hepworth Investment Group, LLC, which is a real estate development company. Michael’s primary practice areas include litigation and trial work.
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