Mississippi Landlord Tenant Act

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The Mississippi landlord tenant act was enacted and effective July 1, 1991, to regulate the relationship between residential rental landlords and tenants. LandLordStation.com offers a variety of information about Mississippi landlord tenant laws. Laws on this issue include the basic rights and responsibilities of both parties to residential lease agreements. The following is a representative list of items set out in the Mississippi code. This is just a partial list. If you have any questions or issues, you can find the landlord tenant act for Mississippi on the official Mississippi government website or you can consult with a real estate attorney who is familiar with renters rights in MS.


Tenant Responsibilities

• Tenants must pay the rent on or before the date specified in the lease agreement.

• Tenants must take reasonable care of the property. When a tenant moves, the property must be left in the same condition that it was delivered, less normal wear and tear.

• Tenants must inform the landlord of needed repairs, in writing. It is advisable to keep a copy of the notice for your records.

• Tenants must keep noise levels down and be considerate of other renters and neighbors.

• Tenants must abide by all of the provisions of the lease agreement.

• Tenants must give notice before moving. Unless otherwise specified in the lease agreement, give 30-day written notice before the end of your rental term.


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 a 24-hour written notice prior to entering the premises, except in emergencies.

• Landlords must give a 30-day written notice of any changes, such as rent increases, in a month-to-month agreement.

• Landlords must abide by the provisions of the lease agreement.

• If an eviction is necessary, landlords must follow the legal (statutory) eviction process set out in Mississippi Statute Sec. 89-8-13.


Mississippi Tenant Rights

• Tenants have the right to a safe and sanitary home. Tenants should call a health or housing inspector if there is a code violation on the premises.

• Tenants have the right to privacy, peace, and quiet. Landlords must assist in obtaining relief from any occurrence that violates these conditions.

• Tenants have the right to reasonable notification if a landlord must enter the premises. Entry into the premises for repairs and inspections should be at reasonable times, with prior notification.

• Tenants have the right to written receipts for rent and deposits paid to the landlord.

• Tenants have the right to receive notice of changes in lease terms. Tenants are entitled to a 30-day written notice of any change in a month to month or oral rental agreement.

• Tenants have the right to have repairs made within a reasonable amount of time after they are requested in writing. A city or county may have an ordinance specifying the time that landlords have to make certain repairs.

• Tenants have the right to remain in residence until proper eviction procedures are completed. Tenants have the right to remain in the property until legally evicted by a court order. Landlords do not have the right to lock tenants out of the property.


Landlord Rights

• Landlords have the right to expect tenants to perform the duties under the Lease Agreement, including but not limited to, timely payment of rent.

• Landlords have the right to prompt notice from tenant if there is damage to or repair needed on the rental property.

• Landlords have the right to expect tenants to abide by all terms of the signed lease.

• Landlords have the right to expect tenant to provide 30 days written notice before moving, unless the rental agreement specifies another notice period.


The items listed above are only a few of the provisions of the Mississippi landlord tenant act and the above should not be considered legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding your situation, Landlordstation.com recommends that you consult a qualified attorney.

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