Landlord and tenant disputes are not uncommon. They happen all the time in Arkansas for various reasons. Issues may arise when either party is in the wrong. The key to understanding your rights to possession of the property and other related matters lies in understanding landlord/tenant rights in the state.
According to the Attorney General, landlords and tenants both have specific rights under the law to ensure safety and rights to the rental property. If you rent, your landlord should provide you with a lease that outlines maintenance rules, along with termination guidelines. He or she must make repairs as needed to keep your home safe. To evict you for not paying your rent or terminating some other element of the lease, your landlord must give you notice and sue you in court. The rent cannot be raised without advanced notice of at least one rental period.
You have certain rights and responsibilities as well. If you want to move, you must give your landlord notice of at least one rental period. You do not have the right to request maintenance for things that do not impact your health or safety. In addition, you cannot require your landlord to change something with the rental, such as adding a fence, paving a driveway or installing new windows, if it is not causing health and safety issues and was like that when you moved in. You cannot withhold rent due to maintenance issues as this could lead to you being evicted. This information is for education and is not legal advice.