Idaho Landlord Tenant Law

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The Idaho landlord tenant law was enacted in 1977 for the purpose of specifying the rights and duties of all parties of a residential lease agreement. LandLordStation.com offers information pertaining to the provisions of the Idaho landlord tenant laws and guidelines.

The following is a list of some of the rights and obligations of both the landlord and the tenant under the Idaho tenant landlord laws.


Tenant Rights:

• A tenant has the right to a safe and sanitary home. Tenants have the right to notify the landlord of violations and withhold rent until they are remedied.

• A tenant has the right to obtain written receipts for rent and deposits.

• A tenant has the right to privacy, peace, and quiet. A landlord can enter the premises at reasonable times for repairs and inspections, but should notify the tenant first.

• A tenant has the right to receive written notice of changes in lease terms. Tenants must be given a 30-day written notice of any change in a month to month oral rental agreement.

• A tenant has to right to have repairs made within a reasonable amount of time after a repair request is made in writing. The city or county may have an ordinance specifying the time that a landlord has to make certain repairs.

• Tenants have the right to remain in the property until he or she is properly and legally evicted by a court order. Landlords do not have the right to lock tenants out of the property.

Tenant Responsibilities:

• A tenant must pay the rent on time and in full.

• A tenant must take reasonable care of property. When tenants move out, the property must be left in the same condition that was when received, less normal wear and tear.

• A tenant must notify the landlord in writing when vacating the property for an extended period of time.

• A tenant must inform a landlord in writing of needed repairs.

• A tenant must keep his or her noise levels down and be considerate of other renters and neighbors.

• A tenant must abide by the lease agreement terms unless a court determines that all, or part, of the lease is illegal. At which point it will become null and void.

• A tenant must give a 30-day written notice before the end of the rental term, even if a lease has defaulted to month-to-month.


Landlord Rights:

• Landlords should receive full payment of the rent on time, so long as the rental property is kept in good condition.

• Landlords have the right to be notified when a tenant is leaving town for an extended period of time.

• Landlords have the right to receive a 30-day written notice when month-to-month tenants decided to move out, unless the rental agreement specifies another notice period.

Landlord Responsibilities:

• Landlords must comply with all health and building codes that apply to the rental property.

• Landlords must make requested repairs promptly.

• Landlords must give the tenants 24 hours written notice prior to entering their home, except in emergencies, as defined by law.

• Landlords must maintain peace and quiet and ensure that tenants can live on the property in peace, without unreasonable disturbances from landlords or other tenants.

• Landlords must give a 30-day written notice of any changes in a month-to-month agreement (such as a rent increase) unless the written rental agreement specifies a longer notice period. If this is so, the landlord must give a written notice of any changes in compliance with the notice of time that is stated in the written agreement.

• Landlords must abide by the lease agreement.

• If an eviction is necessary, landlords must follow the legal (statutory) eviction process set in Title 6, Chapter 3 of the Idaho Code.


The information provided in this article is meant to give landlords and tenants in the state of Idaho a better understanding of the Idaho landlord tenant law. For additional information regarding this law or to see a copy of this Title, visit the website of the Idaho Attorney General where you will find a publication covering the Landlord and Tenant Guidelines for the State of Idaho which you can download at no cost. If you have additional questions or have a landlord or tenant issue, be sure to consult an attorney for legal advice. All of the laws pertaining to landlords and tenants can change from time to time so be sure you have the latest information.

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