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Orem Landlord-Tenant Lawyers Protect Your Property Rights

Representing commercial and residential landlords throughout central Utah

If you are a commercial or residential landlord, you have the right to make a fair return on your property. Unfortunately, the law has evolved in favor of tenants, who often abuse their position, costing landlords time and money. To protect your interests, the real estate attorneys at Skabelund Wirig & Loos draft leases in full compliance with Utah law, with clear terms giving you enforceable rights. We also provide reliable advice to help you avoid “self-help” mistakes that aggravate the situation and put you on the wrong side of the law. Our landlord-tenant lawyers have extensive experience representing property owners in various lease dispute cases. We assert your rights capably to resolve conflicts in a timely, cost-effective manner.

Experienced Utah attorneys draft commercial and residential leases

Your first defense against problem tenants is a clear, valid lease agreement that complies with applicable Utah laws and protects your right to take action. One important protection is the Landlord Disclosure Law. State law requires landlords to disclose specific information, usually in the lease agreement, including the condition of the rental unit and any nonrefundable fees. Federal law requires disclosure of several items, such as management of security deposits, applicable rent control rules, shared utility arrangements, and the presence of environmental hazards. Our real estate lawyers have ample experience negotiating and drafting residential and commercial lease agreements with clear terms that protect landlords’ rights.

Avoiding landlord-tenant litigation by observing important rules

When a problem tenant is costing you money on a unit, you want the tenant out as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Unfortunately, overzealous landlords with false notions of their rights can get themselves into deeper trouble and make themselves liable for damages to the very people they are trying to evict. Here are a few important points to keep in mind when dealing with tenants:

  • Termination and eviction rules — State law requires you to give a tenant three days’ notice before initiating evictions proceedings. You are permitted to terminate a tenant’s occupation of a unit for a variety of causes, including a holdover, assigning or subletting without permission, substantial damage to the property, carrying on an unlawful business on the premises, maintaining a nuisance, or committing a criminal act on the premises.
  • Security deposit limits — State law does not limit how much you can demand as a security deposit, but it sets rules for deducting from the deposit and a deadline for returning the remainder of the deposit to the tenant.
  • Limits to landlord’s right to access a unit — Utah landlords must provide 24 hours’ notice before attempting entry into a rental unit.

There are also rules prohibiting a landlord from discriminating against a tenant, retaliating against a tenant for exercising a legal right, and handling property a tenant has apparently abandoned. If there is any question whether an action you are about to take might violate a tenant’s rights, contact an experienced landlord-tenant lawyer at our firm immediately.

Talk to a knowledgeable Orem lawyer about your landlord-tenant issues

If you’re a landlord dealing with problem tenants, it’s in your best interests to seek advice from reliable legal counsel. To schedule a free consultation, call Skabelund Wirig & Loos at 801-788-4447 or contact our office online. We are conveniently located at 1149 West Center Street in Orem, just off I-15.

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  • Orem Office
    1149 West Center Street
    Orem, Utah 84057
    Phone: 801-222-9700
    Fax: 801-224-9960
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