There are many individuals who own one or maybe just a handful of residential units for rent. Generally, these individuals have a separate full time job and life away from being a landlord. In fact, the idea is to find a good tenant and not worry about anything other than cashing a rent check each month and paying the mortgage. These individuals represent a significant part of the housing economy here in Utah. However, some problems arose where these part, part-time landlords did not know what to do when a problem arises. For example, can a landlord change the locks to a unit with a non-paying tenant? What obligations does a landlord have to make sure the home is free from dangerous substances (like asbestos), that the electricity is on, that the home complies with local housing ordinances, entering the property without notice, etc.
It soon became a problem where many landlords landed themselves in court simply because they didn’t understand that certain conduct violated the law. Because ignorance of the law is not a permissible defense, judges were put in a situation in which they had to assess fines and punish individual landlords who thought that they were doing the right thing.
Eventually, Salt Lake City adopted the Landlord/Tenant initiative intented to provide an incentive for landlords to become more well-informed. The program also focuses on general improvement of neighborhoods and helping landlords to find good tenants, reduce crime, improve dwellings, etc.
If you are looking for a Utah landlord attorney or a Utah eviction lawyer, do not hesitate to give us a call. Our lawyers are experienced in landlord/tenant law and will be able to answer your questions in minutes. Generally, those who own rental units do so in an effort to REDUCE the amount of time they ultimate have to work by providing passive income. Let us take burdens off your shoulders by dealing directly with defaulting tenants.