Due to the overwhelming amount of landlord/tenant law questions to our firm, Atkins & Markoff would like to provide some basic information via our website. This does not constitute legal advice. Our firm does not currently handle landlord/tenant issues and we cannot provide legal advice via phone calls or email at this time. We apologize for this inconvenience; however, we hope that the information contained in the website will answer the majority of your questions.
Landlord Responsibilities - Oklahoma Law
When you sign a lease and make a rental property your temporary home, your landlord has certain responsibilities that must be fulfilled. Oklahoma state law assigns a variety of these responsibilities to a landlord, and the following are issues and services most often incorporated into a binding residential rental contract:
- Give possession of the premises to you at the beginning of the lease
- Put and keep the dwelling in a fit and habitable condition (including heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, and running water year-round)
- Repair and keep in working condition all fixtures, including plumbing and electric, unless you agree otherwise in a separate, conspicuous written agreement
- Return your security deposit within thirty days after receipt of a written request after termination of the lease (under the law, he or she is allowed to keep any interest that accrued on your deposit)
- Only enter the premises after proper notice to make reasonable and necessary repairs or inspections
Adherence to these responsibilities is imperative in establishing and maintaining a mutually beneficial landlord/tenant relationship. If you are being treated unfairly by an unscrupulous or uniformed landlord, we can help. Call Atkins & Markoff as soon as possible so that you can begin to explore your legal options today.