The relationship between landlords and tenants involve several legal issues, and the resources below are here to help you understand these issues.
A lease or rental agreement is a contract between you and your landlord. It sets out your rights and duties and your landlord's rights and duties. You can read more in the fact sheets below.
Before you sign a lease, it is important to look at the place that you want to rent so you know if it is safe, clean, and livable.
If you are facing eviction, you can call our Helpline to speak to an attorney for free. Free legal help is available for Arkansas tenants facing eviction. Visit our page concerning the CDC Eviction Moratorium.
If you have been called to active duty military service, you have legal protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Visit www.statesidelegal.org to learn more and find free self-help legal forms.
FACT SHEETS & LEGAL INFORMATION
- "CDC Eviction Order"
- "Evictions (Spanish)"
- "Subsidized Housing Evictions"
- "Landlord and Tenant Law"
- "Landlord and Tenant Law (Spanish)"
- Federal Housing Programs
- Fair Housing & Housing Discrimination
FORMS & COURT INFORMATION
Your landlord may ask you for a security deposit. This is money to pay for any damages beyond normal wear and tear that happen during the time you live in the home.
If there are not any damages beyond normal wear and tear, then the landlord must return the security deposit to you or give you a list of damages. This list should include any damages you made to the home and the amount withheld from the security deposit to repair those damages.
The easy-to-use form below will produce a letter demanding the return of your security deposit. The letter includes more detailed instructions.
If you are facing eviction, the CDC Eviction Moratorium has been extended until June 30th, 2021. Fill out the below "Eviction Protection Declaration" and give it to your landlord.
If you are wishing to challenge your Unlawful Detainer suit, please see the interactive resources below:
FOR MILITARY MEMBERS, VETERANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES:
The following interactive forms are for military members, veterans, and their families. These are provided by Stateside Legal.
- Interactive Form - Letter to Landlord (Eviction)
- Interactive Form - Letter to Landlord Ending the Lease Early
- Interactive Form - Letter to Landlord (Security Deposit)
Arkansas Fresh Start Program – free rental assistance for Arkansans facing eviction
Arkansas Immigrant Defense – free legal assistance for undocumented people in landlord-tenant cases
CARES Act Database – Database by National Low-Income Housing Coalition of multifamily properties subject to the CARES Act
HUD Resource Locator – find affordable housing near you
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