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Counsel’s Corner ~ Screening Support and Service Animals

Counsel's Corner ~ Screening Support and Service Animals Landlords are required to comply with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). One area of the law that causes a lot of confusion is the difference between emotional support animals and service animals. Not to mention, how to comply with the law when an applicant requests an exception be made to an owner’s no-pets policy for an emotional support animal. Fo... Read More

Categories: Blog, Property Management

Tags: Counsel's Corner, Emotional Support Animals, July 2019, Service Animals


Counsel’s Corner ~ Ordinary Wear and Tear

Counsel's Corner ~ Ordinary Wear and Tear ~ Southern Residential Leasing What is “normal or ordinary wear and tear?”  Most leases require tenants to return the property to the landlord in the condition it was delivered, excepting only normal or ordinary wear and tear. The question arises - what is (and what is not) “normal wear and tear?” There is no definitive answer, but instead, it will be a case-by-case factual determination. Ord... Read More

Categories: Blog, Property Management

Tags: Counsel's Corner, Counsel's Corner February 2019


Counsel’s Corner ~ Small Claims Court

Counsel's Corner ~ Small Claims Court SMALL CLAIMS COURT FOR “PAST DUE” RENT Small Claims Court is set up to be simple, informal, and inexpensive and is the most cost-effective way for Owners to pursue a judgment for unpaid rent from tenants who have breached/defaulted under their lease and left with a balance due. Owners can represent themselves in Small Claims Court and do not have to hire a lawyer. To qualify as a small claim the amoun... Read More

Categories: Blog

Tags: Counsel's Corner, Counsel's Corner October 2018


Counsel’s Corner – Alabama Law Changes

Counsel’s Corner – Alabama Law Changes The Alabama Legislature recently passed new laws affecting Alabama landlords. The two most pertinent changes/additions to Alabama law relate to: (a) the notice times required for tenants to cure defaults; and (b) emotional support / service animals. Notice of default and opportunity to cure is now seven (7) BUSINESS days, not calendar days. Effective June 1, 2018, it is a crime under the Ala... Read More

Categories: Blog

Tags: Alabama Assistance and Service Animal Integrity in Housing Act, Alabama Landlords, Alabama Law Changes, Counsel's Corner, June 2018 Legislation, Second Quarter 2018