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The landlord can ask prospective tenants for application fees to cover the costs of background and credit checks. The fee amount should be reasonable - We recommend charging around $30 per applicant. If the landlord did not run any tenant screening checks, the fees should be refunded.
A background check will show a person's history of addresses, evictions, bankruptcies, judgments and liens.
A full credit report comes with a basic background check, credit check plus criminal check. A basic background check shows a person's history of addresses, evictions and bankruptcies.
Landlords do not need the tenant or applicant's consent to run background and credit checks. Fair Credit Reporting Act § 604(a)(3)(F)
If the landlord rejects a tenant applicant due to his or her credit report, the landlord must provide the applicant with the following information:
The Fair Housing Act disallows landlords from discriminating against prospective renters based on their race, color, religion, sex, *familial status, national origin or physical/mental handicap. 42 U.S.C. § 3604
*Familial status - pregnant women and families with person(s) under 18.
Landlords must follow the Fair Housing Act UNLESS the dwelling has two or less rental units and is occupied by the landlord or landlord's family member. Idaho Code § 67-5910(7)
(also known as a lease agreement or rental agreement)
Whether you're a landlord or tenant, it's important to have a written lease agreement with terms and conditions that favors you and follows your state laws.
To save time and avoid mistakes, you can customize your own lease agreement at LawDepot. This site will ask you a set of questions related to your tenancy and create a state-specific agreement based on your answers.
Idaho landlord tenant law allows verbal agreements if the rental duration is one year or less.
The landlord and tenant can choose between a month to month tenancy or fixed term lease. For a month to month tenancy, the landlord or tenant can change its terms and conditions at the end of every month.
For a fixed term lease, the landlord and tenant CANNOT change the lease terms and conditions during its duration... unless there is written consent from both parties. A fixed term lease cannot be extended unless both parties agrees to it. In this case, a new lease must be signed.
In addition to the lease agreement, the landlord should also give the tenant a checklist detailing the rental unit's condition after the tenant has inspected the property during move in.
Idaho landlord tenant law requires all tenancy agreements to contain the following details:
According to Idaho landlord tenant law, your lease agreement CANNOT:
As long as the tenant is agreeable, Idaho landlord tenant law doesn't limit the maximum amount of security deposit the landlord can ask for (as long as the tenant is agreeable).
Idaho landlord tenant law allows the landlord to choose their own method of holding the security deposit and the deposit doesn't have to held in an account that generates interest.
If the landlord chooses to use an escrow account, the financial institution holding the deposit must be stated in the rental agreement.
Idaho landlord tenant law requires the landlord to inform the tenant of the terms and conditions for security deposit deductions.
The landlord is NOT allowed to take money from the security deposit due to damage from *normal wear and tear. *Normal wear and tear is the natural deterioration of the property (and its contents) from normal everyday use. Idaho Code § 6-321
Once the lease terminates and the tenant returns the property, the landlord must send the tenant a list of security deposit deductions and refund any remaining deposit within 21 days. If the landlord or tenant wants to shorten or extend this deadline (up to 30 days), they do so in the rental agreement.
The list of security deposit deductions has to individually account for all damages and rent owed in writing.
If the landlord fails to follow Idaho landlord tenant law for deducting and returning security deposit, the tenant may sue the landlord at a small claims court to recover up to three times the amount of security deposit plus court and attorney fees.
Once the property ownership is transferred, the new owner will be responsible for refunding any security deposit or prepaid rent to the tenant (at the end of the tenancy). Therefore the new owner should make sure that the previous owner transfers all security deposits and prepaid rents along with the property. Idaho Code § 6-321
The previous owner is no longer responsible for the tenancy once ALL three conditions are met:
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There are no Idaho landlord tenant laws on the time, place and method of rent payment.
We recommend that the landlord and tenant work out the above details and include them in the rental agreement.
If the tenant is making repairs to the property, he or she is not allowed to deduct the repair costs from the rent. The only exception is if the tenant is installing smoke detectors - In this case, the tenant has to give the landlord a three day notice before he or she can install smoke detectors and deduct the costs from the rent. Idaho Code § 6-320(a)(6)
There are no Idaho landlord tenant statutes on imposing charges for late rent payments.
If the tenant's check bounces, the landlord can sue the tenant in small claims court to recover the four times the check amount OR check amount plus $100. Idaho Code § 1-2301(a)
According to the Idaho Landlord Tenant Act, the landlord can choose to raise the rent by any amount.
For a month to month tenancy, the landlord has to inform the tenant (in writing) of a rent increase at least 15 days beforehand.
For a fixed term tenancy, the landlord isn't allowed to raise the rent until the tenancy expires.
The Idaho Landlord Tenant Act requires the landlord to maintain the property in a safe and habitable condition:
Idaho landlord tenant law also requires the tenant to keep the property in a clean and safe condition:
If the landlord fails to maintain the property, the tenant can take the following steps:
Step 1: Request the landlord to make repairs
The tenant can give the landlord a written list of violations and give the landlord three days to fix them. The tenant can give this notice to the landlord with any following method:
If the landlord fails to make repairs within three days, then the tenant can proceed to sue the landlord.
Step 2: Sue the landlord
After the tenant has filed a complaint against the landlord, a trial will be held within 12 days. The landlord must receive a copy of the court summons and complaint at least five days before the trial.
Step 3: Attend the trial
If the tenant wins the trial, the landlord shall have to make repairs. The judge may order the landlord to pay the tenant's court and attorney fees.
If the tenant was injured because the landlord failed to maintain the property, the tenant may also sue the landlord for up to three times the amount of damages PLUS court and attorney fees.
If the landlord fails to provide an utility (such as heat,
water, electricity, plumbing or sanitation), the tenant should ask the landlord to restore it as soon as possible. If the landlord doesn't do so, the tenant can send him or her a written notice demanding for the immediate restoration of utilities.
Idaho landlord tenant law does allow the landlord or utility company to shut down utilities (for a reasonable time period) to make repairs.
There are no Idaho landlord tenant statutes on when and how the landlord can enter the property.
Idaho landlord tenant law allows the tenant to sublet property UNLESS the rental agreement prohibits it.
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Idaho landlord tenant law requires you to give the other party a written notice to quit before terminating a tenancy.
For a month to month tenancy, you have to give this notice at least 30 days in advance. Idaho Code § 55-208
According to Idaho landlord tenant law, the following are valid reasons for evicting tenants and the minimum number of days for giving them a notice to quit:
Tenant did not pay rent
Tenant violated tenancy agreement or didn't perform duties
Tenant or related person caused property damage
Tenant used, produced or delivered illegal drugs on property
Idaho landlord tenant law allows the landlord and tenant to change the number of days for giving notice to quit (as long as it's reasonable). This change must be stated in the written rental agreement.
Whether you are a landlord evicting someone or a tenant facing eviction, it's important that you handle matters correctly according to your state laws.
If you have any questions or doubts on eviction, you can ask a local landlord tenant lawyer online.
If the tenant did not pay rent on time, the landlord can send the tenant a three day written notice to terminate the tenancy. This notice must state the amount of rent owed and inform the tenant that he or she can choose to pay or move out.
If the rent is paid within three days, the tenant may stay. After sending this notice, the landlord can proceed to file a complaint against the tenant and a trial will be held within 12 days. The tenant must receive a copy of the court summons and complaint at least five days before the trial.
The tenant can request for the judge's permission to postpone the trial. Unless the tenant is able to place a deposit (e.g. amount of rent owed) with the court clerk, the judge can only postpone the trial by two days.
If the landlord wins the trial, the tenant may be required to pay the landlord's court costs and attorney fees. If the landlord wants to recover any unpaid rent or damages, the landlord must file a separate lawsuit in small claims court or district court.
If the tenant (or tenant's occupant or tenant's guest) caused damage to the property, the landlord can make the tenant pay for damage and evict the tenant.
The landlord has to give the tenant a written notice to fix the damage within three days. If the tenant is unable to do so, the landlord may proceed to evict the tenant and recover costs for the damages.
If the tenant is able to fix the damages within three days, the tenant may stay.
If the tenant violates the tenancy agreement in a *significant manner, the landlord can send the tenant a three day written notice to terminate the tenancy.
Similarly if the tenant fails to perform his or her duties (as required by Idaho landlord tenant law) in a significant manner, the landlord can also send the tenant a three day written notice to terminate the tenancy.
*Significant manner refers to situations that affects human health and safety.
This written notice has to state what is the tenant's violation or failure in duty. If the tenant corrects the problem within three days, the tenant may stay.
If the tenant uses, produces or delivers illegal drugs on the property, the landlord can send the tenant a written eviction notice to terminate the tenancy immediately. In this case, the tenant cannot stay unless if he or she corrects the problem.
Also known as "Notice of Termination of Tenancy" or "Notice to Quit", Idaho law requires all eviction notices to contain the following:
If Idaho landlord tenant law allows the tenant to avoid eviction by correcting the problem(s), the eviction notice must also contain:
The landlord can give the notice to the tenant in person at the rental unit.
If the tenant is absent, the landlord can leave the notice with a competent adult AND mail a copy of the notice to the tenant's residence.
If both the tenant and a competent adult are absent at the property, the landlord must do all of the following:
According to Idaho landlord tenant law, the landlord CANNOT force the tenant to move out by shutting off utilities (electricity, water, gas, sanitation), changing the locks, taking the tenant's belongings or taking possession of the property by force without a court hearing.
There are no specific Idaho landlord tenant laws on when the property is considered abandoned by the tenant.
If the tenant abandoned the property and left his or her personal belongings behind, the landlord can file a complaint and obtain a court order that allows the landlord to remove the tenant's belongings.
The landlord can also seek permission from the courts to sell the tenant's belongings to pay for its storage and removal AND recover any rent owed.
There are specific rules in Idaho landlord tenant law for mobile home owners renting parking space from mobile home park operators.
The rental agreement between the mobile home owner and mobile home park operator must contain the following details:
The rental agreement between the mobile home owner and mobile home park operator CANNOT
The mobile home park operator must hold security deposits in separate accounts. Mobile home owners and park operators must also follow Idaho landlord tenant laws for security deposits - See Security Deposit above.
The mobile home owner can terminate the tenancy by giving the park operator a written 30 day notice to quit. If the mobile home owner is a member of the armed forces, he or she can terminate the tenancy sooner without penalties.
The park operator can terminate the tenancy by giving the mobile home owner a written 90 day notice to quit. If the mobile home park is going out of business, this written notice must be given 180 days in advance.
The park operator can evict the mobile owner for the following reasons:
The park operator must give the mobile home owner three days to correct the problem(s). If the mobile home owner fails to do so, he or she will have to vacate the park within 20 days.
Idaho Landlord Tenant Law:
Idaho Landlord Tenant Handbook: Idaho Landlord and Tenant Manual
If you have any questions or need legal advice, you can ask a local landlord tenant lawyer online.