As a landlord you have certain rights, but you also have responsibilities to your tenant according to the guidelines set by the agency governing leasing in your jurisdiction. If you do not comply with local, state, and federal regulations, you could be facing a lawsuit and a hefty fine.

The guides below will help you familiarize yourself with your duties as a landlord, such as complying with the federal Fair Housing Act, determining responsibility for repairs and damages, enforcing lease terms, and respecting the rights of your tenants.