Utah Landlord Tenant Law

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The Utah landlord tenant law is known as Title 78B of the Utah Code and was enacted to regulate the interactions between a landlord and a tenant. The Utah legislature specifically declares the rights and responsibilities of all parties in the state's landlord tenant laws. Utah law regarding the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants include, but are not limited to, the following items.

Landlord Rights:

• Tenants should provide full payment of the rent on time, so long as you keep the rental property in good condition.

• Tenants should let you know when they are leaving town for an extended period of time.

• Tenants should request repairs in a timely manner and in writing.

• Tenants must abide by all terms of the signed lease.

• Month to month tenants must provide 15 days written notice before moving, unless the rental agreement specifies another notice period.

Landlord Responsibilities:

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

• Landlords must make requested repairs promptly.

• Landlords must give the tenants 24 hours written notice prior to entering the property, except in emergencies.

• Landlords must maintain peace and quiet to ensure that tenants can live on the property without unreasonable disturbances from the landlord or other parties.

• Landlords must give fifteen days written notice of any changes in a month-to-month agreement, such as rent increases, unless there is a written rental agreement which specifies a longer notice period. If there is a longer notice period, a written notice of any changes in compliance with the longer period of time should be made.

• Landlords must abide by the lease agreement.

• If an eviction is necessary, landlords must follow the legal (statutory) eviction process set in Utah Code 78B-6-801 through 816.

Tenant Rights:

• A tenant has the right to a safe and sanitary home. You have the right to call a health or housing inspector if you think there is a code violation in the property you are renting.

• 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 you first. You have the right to tell a landlord what time is reasonable for you.

• A tenant has the right to written receipts for rent or deposits. If you pay in cash, or with a money order, always insist on a receipt signed by the landlord in order to ensure proof of payment.

• A tenant has the right to receive notice of changes in lease terms. You are entitled to fifteen days written notice of any change in your month to month oral rental agreement.

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

• A tenant has the right to remain in the rented property until he or she is legally evicted by a court order. Landlords do not have the right to lock you out of the property.

Tenant Responsibilities:

• A tenant must pay the rent in full by the specified due date.

• A tenant must take reasonable care of the property you are renting. When you move, the property must be left in the same condition that your received it, less normal wear and tear.

• A tenant must notify the landlord know when you are going to be out of town or away from home for an extended period of time. It's best to give this notice in writing and keep a copy for your records.

• A tenant must inform the landlord of needed repairs, in writing, and keep a copy for your records.

• A tenant must keep noise levels down. Be considerate of other renters and neighbors by keeping the noise level down in your home.

• A tenant must abide by the lease agreement. Read and discuss your lease with the landlord before you sign it, because you must abide by all its provisions after it's signed.

• A tenant must give notice before moving. Unless otherwise specified in your lease, give 15 days’ written notice before the end of your rental term.

These lists are only part of the rights and responsibilities of a landlord and tenant under the provisions of the Utah landlord tenant law. If you have any questions about Utah law it is important that you consult with an attorney.

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