As a tenant, you’ll be primarily concerned with state law. State statutes cover many aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship, including deposits, privacy, discrimination, housing standards, rent rules, repair and maintenance rights and responsibilities, and eviction procedures. We include citations for the major state landlord-tenant laws in Appendix B so that you can do additional research.
You can easily find state statutes online by going to Nolo’s home page at www.nolo.com. Click on “rights & disputes,” and choose “renters’ rights.” In the “Tools and Resources” box, click “Research: State Law.” Choose your state and follow the directions on the resulting official state page.
Don’t forget to check your state consumer protection agency or attorney general’s office—many provide useful publications explaining state laws that affect tenants.
You can find detailed information about state laws in Appendix B, available as a PDF.