There are key differences in generic forms vs. state specific landlord forms that landlords need to know.
When was the last time you reviewed your legal documents?
If you can’t say you have reviewed them in the last 6 to 8 months you have a problem. Here’s why…
- Laws change regularly and it is your responsibility as a landlord to update them
- Using out of date legal forms can lead to failed eviction proceedings and could nullify your lease
- Legal forms and notices need to be living documents in order to be most effective
- Often times changes in landlord tenant law is tacked onto other legislation and might go unnoticed
But don’t just stop by your local Staples or FedEx store and pick up generic docs and forms and think you’ve solved the problem. The reality is those forms are not state specific, so while legally binding they lack the nuances of landlord tenant law explicit to your state. Think of it as the difference between generic and name brand products at the grocery store. You might not notice the difference immediately but over time there will be a clear distinction.
Here are some key differences in generic forms vs. state specific forms:
- State specific forms are tailored to the state in which the rental is located
- State specific forms list the state statute the law can be found in
- State specific forms are usually generated by lawyers or legal counsel
- State specific forms are updated regularly
Not sure where to find state specific forms? An ARPOLA membership provides them free (included in dues).
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