Alabama Rental Laws

Written on October 23, 2012 by , updated on August 24, 2016

Flag of AlabamaThis article summarizes some key Alabama Landlord-Tenant laws applicable to residential rental units.

We’ve used the Official State Statutes and other online sources cited below to research this information and it should be a good starting point in learning about the law.

With that said, our summary is not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for qualified legal advice. Laws and statutes are always subject to change, and may even vary from county to county or city to city.

You are responsible for performing your own research and complying with all laws applicable to your unique situation.

If you have legal questions or concerns, we recommend consulting with the appropriate government agencies and/or a qualified lawyer in your area. Your local or state bar association may have a referral service that can help you find a lawyer with experience in landlord-tenant law.

Official Rules and Regulations


Security Deposit:

  • Security Deposit Maximum: Equal to 1 month’s rent
  • Security Deposit Interest: unknown
  • Separate Security Deposit Bank Account: No statute
  • Pet Deposits and Additional Fees: Additional deposits are allowed for pets, undoing alterations (such as handrails and ramps for the handicapped), and any specific tenant activities that increase liability risks
  • Deadline for Returning Security Deposit: 35 days

Lease, Rent & Fees:

  • Rent Increase Notice: unknown
  • Late Fees: unknown
  • Returned Check Fees: $30 plus other costs of collection

Notices and Entry:

  • Move-Out Inspection Notification: No statute
  • Eviction Notice for Nonpayment: 7 days to pay or quit
  • Eviction Notice for Lease Violation: 10 days to remedy or quit
  • Required Notice before Entry: 2 days
  • Entry Allowed with Notice for Maintenance and Repairs: Yes
  • Entry Allowed During Tenant’s Extended Absence: In excess of 14 day absence, unannounced reasonable entry is allowed
  • Entry Allowed with Notice for Showing the Property: Yes
  • Emergency Entry Allowed without Notice: Yes, within reason

Court Related:

  • Small Claims Court Limits: $3,000

Business Licenses:

  • Business License required: unknown
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88 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Xavier

    I’m married& leased an apartment. I’m the only one listed on the lease, but the complex has full knowledge that my wife is an occupant as the leasing agent assigned gate keys, mailbox keys, etc. gate codes for myself & my wife based on our cell phone #s. We made verbals requests for Maintenance for 3 straight weeks directly 2the Maintenance man, due 2the lights being out in the parking lot. Pitch black at night. The next day after they were repaired, the apartment police bang on the door demanding we open the door. He never said what he wanted. We couldn’t open the door due 2a medical situation & inappropriate attire. He said we were lying & that he was going to get my wife for trespassing. He placed a default notice on the door

  • Faye Perry

    If I terminated my lease early, and was made to pay April, May and June rent, as a part of a early termination agreement stated in my lease, but the apartment was rented out in May, can I ask the landlord for a refund since they rented the apartment out to a tenant? Is there any law that they are breaking as far as getting double from me and the new renter?

    • Jason Carmichael

      Yes and no.
      Yes, the apartment is not out anything since they have re rented.
      No, you agreed in the lease agreement.

      If less than 3000, go to small claims court. Very easy to do.

  • Randy Barfield

    I’m a 66yr old military veteran living on social security. My landlord has given me 45 days notice of an increase in my rent of 33 1/3 percent and although I and my 3 outside dogs have been here prior to his ownership and I have paid a deposit to keep, he now says no dogs. Is this legal in Alabama?

  • Jacob Frankel

    What happens when the apartments I am in just totally refuses to do any maintanance? I am talking about years worth. Also I am having to pay a bug man to come out, not because I have bugs but to make sure I don’t get them but the landlord quit doing this for us years ago, also I have had to buy my own a/c filters..

  • Jerry Hunter

    I been renting from a family member since 2009, with the option of rent to own. She just told me she sold it and i have to move out before Oct 25 which is less than a month. what legal optiond do i have.Jerry

  • Lonnie Jason byars

    Im the only person on my lease of my condo and im the only one on the bills if me and my girlfriend split up what legal rights does she have to my condo

  • Jim

    May residential leases in Alabama be for terms longer than 12 months? For example, may the lease on a single family house be for 18 months or is it limited to 12 months?

  • Stacy

    My rent is late and my landlord has given me a 7 day eviction notice. I will have the rent plus the late fees on friday (2 days from now) but she says I can’t pay the rent and cure the situation and stop the eviction. She says that my lease states that if late rent isnt paid by the 12 of the month that you will be given a eviction notice and must get out. Is that legal since I thought she had to give me 7 days to to pay?

  • Kevin

    My landlord says I owe them a month rent for 4 days of returning key to them I return the key just a few days late why am I having to pay full months rent

    • Zaida

      Kevin they should prorate the extra 4 days; however, if you were required to give a 30 day or 60 day written notice per the lease agreement they can charge you for those days. Always communicate with your landlord to make sure you are in compliance with the lease agreement.

  • Valerie

    I live in an apartment. (House converted into 3apts.) My unit is the only one with carpet so the landlords said we can’t have pets. The other units have pets supposedly allowed since no carpeting. The landlords said absolutely no cats allowed by anyone but the house they own & rented out 6 months after they rented to us has cats. Is it legal for them to make my rental the only one not allowed to have pets? I don’t feel this is fair or right. I wasn’t even given the option to pay an extra deposit to be able to have pets.

  • Dayna joseph

    We signed a lease last fall for a student apartment next fall (2018), due to a change in my daughters school (she is transferring to another college in another state) and partly will not be returning because of medical issues….they are wanting to charge a “re-letting” fee of $500, even though my daughter has found people interested in the lease, which would start until August 2018…can they charge this?

  • Jane

    Our renters broke their lease that would have ended the end of June at the end of February.
    We have been unsuccessfully trying to find new renters.
    Since we had to move out of the area, we are only able to manage the property with help from family.
    So, we now decided to sell the property.
    Do the tenants still owe us rent for breaking the lease since we have tried to rerent it first before putting it on the market?
    Thank you.

  • Ashley

    Landlord insisting on sticking typed letter between our door in the evening (5PM) for pest control to come out the next day (could I refuse if I have a child because we’re clean and I don’t want those chemicals around her?) and doesn’t state a time at all about when he is coming. From what I’ve read in the state of Alabama, he has to give a proper 2 day’s notice. What could I do?

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