In 1979, the state of Oklahoma enacted the Oklahoma landlord tenant act in order to protect the rights of all the parties involved under Oklahoma lease agreements for residential property. The following is a list of items that must be included in a residential lease agreement under the landlord tenant act. Oklahoma provides a copy of the act for both tenants and landlords at the OK.gov website. LandLordStation.com advises that you consult legal counsel if you have any questions about your rights under Oklahoma law.
A residential lease agreement that conforms to the landlord tenant laws Oklahoma has set must include, but is not limited to, the following:
• The term of the lease agreement
• The amount of rental to be paid under the lease
• The amount, types, and disposition of deposits
• The rights and responsibilities of the tenant
• The rights and responsibilities of the landlord
• The specific resolutions for each party regarding violation of lease provision
• The specific resolutions regarding damages and repairs on the property which addresses means and times for notifications
• The obligations under law for possession and maintenance the property
• The obligation to notify of change of ownership of the property
In addition to the components necessary to construct a lease agreement, the Oklahoma landlord tenant law sets the rights and obligations of both the tenant and the landlord.
An Oklahoma landlord or owner must perform the following actions. This partial list includes, but is not limited to:
1. Comply with the requirements of the applicable minimum housing codes pertaining to health and safety of the tenant.
2. Make repairs and do whatever is necessary to establish and maintain the premises in a safe condition.
3. Keep common areas of the premises in safe condition.
4. Maintain the electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and other facilities and appliances in good and safe working order.
5. Provide and maintain appropriate receptacles for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste incidental to the occupancy of the dwelling unit and arrange for their removal.
6. Supply running water, a reasonable amount of hot water and reasonable heat at all times, except when heat or hot water is within the exclusive control of the resident and supplied by a direct public utility connection.
7. Provide a written rental agreement to each tenant prior to the beginning of the occupancy.
8. Disclose to the tenant in writing the name, address and telephone number of the person authorized to manage the premises.
A tenant leasing a property in the state of Oklahoma must perform the following actions under the law. This partial list includes, but is not limited to:
1. Keep the dwelling unit as clean and safe as the condition of the premises permit, and upon termination of the residency, leave the dwelling unit in as clean a condition as when the residency commenced.
2. Dispose of all ashes, rubbish, garbage and other waste in a clean and safe manner.
3. Keep all plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit used by the tenant as clean as their condition permits.
4. Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of the premises or knowingly permit any person to do so.
5. Conduct himself or herself in a manner that will not disturb the neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment of the premises, and require other persons who are on the premises with his or her consent to conduct themselves in the same manner.
6. Not knowingly commit, or consent any other person to knowingly commit, a substantial violation of the rental agreement.
The information contained in the lists offered above are a partial list only of obligations that must be met by the landlord and tenant. For other provisions of the Oklahoma landlord tenant act contained in a booklet, visit the website for the office of the Oklahoma Secretary of State or consult an attorney.
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