Overview of Mississippi tenant landlord laws

The Mississippi Landlord Tenant Act governs all areas of the relationship between the landlord and the tenant. Evictions in the state of Mississippi can only be handled through the court system. If you rent in the state of Mississippi and you fail to pay your rent on time, then the landlord has a right to give you a three day notice of eviction. In other states the notices may be longer.

When a landlord files the eviction through the court system, the court will then make the final decision. During the three day time frame, the tenant has the opportunity to pay the rent before it is taken to the court. When the eviction is filed in court, the decision may take a while. In many cases, it can take up to five weeks.

In the state of Mississippi, the landlord must have a good reason to file an eviction, like non-payment of rent, damages by the tenant to the property or violating the lease. If the tenant decides to pay the rent in full while the eviction is in the court system, the court may decide to cancel the eviction. The landlord cannot deny or refuse the payment until the court makes its final decision. Many other states have similar landlord tenant laws. You should know the laws for your state as they can affect you if you are a tenant. There is no limit on a security deposit. The landlord can require the tenant to take out renters’ insurance.

In this state, a landlord or a tenant can cancel a Week to Week Tenancy only by written notice 7 days before the termination date. A landlord has no right to enter the rented dwelling unless it is stated in the lease.

In the state of Mississippi, if the dwelling was built before 1978, the landlord must provide a copy of the Lead-Base Paint Disclosure EPA to the tenant. This is to inform the tenant about lead-based paint that may be on the dwelling. Paint that is used today does not contain lead. Lead can cause serious health disorders.

A tenant in any state can seek counseling from an attorney about tenant and landlord laws. It is important that you know as they may affect you and your family’s rights as a tenant. There are always solutions to problems and in most cases a landlord will work directly with a tenant to avoid problems and seek solutions to problems, as long as the tenant is willing to work out an agreement.