Landlord and Tenant Law: Rights and Responsibilities
Taylor Law & Mediation PLLC doesn’t typically represent clients in landlord/tenant issues. This is an area of the law that was largely designed to allow parties to access the court system without having to have representation to do so. In fact, the state offers helpful resources at it’s self-help site.
This information is generally provided for information reasons only and is not intended to be substituted for legal advice as it is not tailored to specific situations, only general information.
Any written agreement, also known as a lease, will govern how the landlord and tenant during the tenancy. The lease likely holds the answers to settle most disputes between a landlord and tenant. However, even without a written agreement, landlords and tenants still have certain rights and responsibilities in Idaho. Some of the laws that affect this relationship are found in Idaho Code Sections 6-303, 6-320, 6-321, 55-208, and 55-307.
AVOIDING PROBLEMS (Tenants)
Make sure you can afford the monthly rent AND utilities before signing a lease and moving in.
Talk to current and former tenants about the landlord’s business practices or reputation in the community.
Inspect the place with the landlord before moving in and after moving out. Keep a written copy of any defects, to include pictures or videos.
Make sure you clearly understand the lease and your duties under it. Ask questions or talk to an attorney if you need additional guidance before signing any lease.
Keep a copy of the lease and any notices or other documents the landlord gives you.
Keep an accurate account of all money paid or owed to the landlord. Keep copies of all records and always pay rent with a check or money order. Never pay rent with a check.