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  on Jan 20, 2016

Oklahoma Renters Rights: Things You Need to Know

Oklahoma expects both parties in a rental agreement to act in good faith toward one another. To make that process easier, there is the expectation [not requirement] that communication occur in writing. There is also an expectation that certain renters rights be available at all times. Here are the things you need to know.

1. Security Deposits Must Be Held Separately.

Oklahoma requires a tenant's security deposit to be held outside of landlord funds. The account must be Federally insured. Landlords must provide an itemized list of all deductions taken from the security deposit after a tenant moves out within 45 days. Tenants, however, must demand their security deposit in writing within 6 months of moving out. If they do not, then the landlord is allowed to keep the remainder of the deposit.

2. Landlords Are Required To Maintain a Safe, Livable Rental Unit.

This generally means maintaining all appliances, electrical systems, plumbing systems, HVAC systems, and sanitary systems in the rental unit. Tenants and landlords can agree to make this a tenant responsibility, but it must be through a conspicuous agreement which provides a tenant with some benefit for taking over this responsibility.

3. Tenants Have The Right To Repair And Deduct.

A 14 day written notice for a maintenance issue is required to be provided to a landlord by the tenant. If the repair is not made and it costs less than $100, then tenants have the right to pay for the repair themselves and deduct it from the next month's rent. If more than $100, the tenant has the right to tell their landlord that they will leave in 30 days if the repair is not made.

4. The Right To 1 Day Of Notice For Entry.

Landlords are allowed to enter a rental unit to inspect it, make repairs, or show the unit to a prospective buyer. Unless the situation is an emergency, a 24 hour notice is generally required.

5. The Right To Know About Past Flooding.

If a rental unit has flooded within the past 5 years, then landlords are required to disclose this information. If a flood occurs and this information was not disclosed, then tenants are allowed to sue for damages suffered. These renters rights in Oklahoma are a brief overview of the things you'll need to know. If you have a specific situation that is not covered here, be sure to look at the landlord-tenant laws of the state or seek professional legal advice.


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