According to the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, a tenant residing in Alabama may utilize the following remedies when a landlord fails to comply with a rental agreement or the law:
Noncompliance by the Landlord
Except as provided in the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, if there is a material noncompliance by the landlord with the rental agreement or a noncompliance materially affecting health and safety, the tenant may deliver a written notice to the landlord specifying the acts and omissions constituting the breach and that the rental agreement will terminate upon a date not less than 14 days after receipt of the notice if the breach is not remedied within that period, and the rental agreement shall terminate as provided in the notice subject to the following:
- If the breach is remediable by repairs or the payment of damages or otherwise and the landlord adequately remedies the breach before the date specified in the notice, the rental agreement shall not terminate by reason of the breach.
- The tenant may not terminate for a condition caused by the deliberate or negligent act or omission of the tenant, a member of the tenant’s family, a licensee, or other person on the premises with the tenant’s consent.
Damages, Attorney Fees, and Relief
Except as provided in the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, the tenant may recover actual damages and reasonable attorney fees and obtain injunctive relief for noncompliance by the landlord with the rental agreement or noncompliance affecting health or safety. These remedies are in addition to any right of the tenant arising under the subsection of “Noncompliance.”
If the rental agreement is terminated pursuant to this section, the landlord shall return all security and prepaid rent recoverable by the tenant under Alabama Security Deposits and Prepaid Rent.
Section 35-9A-401 (Act 2006-316, p. 668, §1; Act 2011-700, p. 2154, §1.)
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