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Alabama Tenant Failure to Maintain Dwelling Unit

The Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act offers landlords a remedy against tenants that occupy a rental property and fail to take care of it.

Failure to Maintain

If there is noncompliance by the tenant with regard to requirements under an Alabama Tenant’s Responsibility to Maintain Dwelling Unit that materially affects health and safety that can be remedied by repair, replacement of a damaged item, or cleaning, and the tenant fails to comply as promptly as conditions require in case of emergency or within seven days after written notice by the landlord specifying the breach and requesting that the tenant remedy it within that period of time, the landlord may enter the dwelling unit and cause the work to be done in a workmanlike manner.

Upon completion of the work, the landlord may then submit an itemized bill to the tenant for the actual and reasonable cost (or the fair and reasonable value thereof) as rent on the next date that the periodic rent is due, or if the rental agreement has terminated, for immediate payment.

Section 35-9A-422 (Act 2006-316, p. 668, §1.)

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