Landlord Tenant Laws

Idaho Landlord Tenant Laws

There are many laws that exist to protect the interest of both the property owners and property renters, in the state of Idaho. Tenants have rights and responsibilities while renting, as do landlords. Following are a few of the common concerns that someone may have, while looking to rent property in the state of Idaho.

Tenants must pay rent on time, regardless of the repairs that may be needed for the residence. In addition to paying the rent on time, it is the responsibility of the tenant to ensure that their rental premises are not vandalized, negligently damaged, destroyed, or defaced in any way. Renters must also make sure the property is clean and sanitary, and trash is disposed of properly.

Providing preventative maintenance such as weatherproofing and weather stripping for the property, keeping the property safe and sanitary, maintaining the electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation, are responsibilities of the landlord.

Reasons for Rental Eviction

If the terms of the lease are violated, rent is paid late or not paid at all, or if controlled substances are used, sold or delivered on the property a tenant can be evicted in the state of Idaho. A landlord cannot legally evict if a notice of overdue rent has been given, but the rent was paid in full within three days of receiving the notice.

Retaliatory Eviction

If the rent has been paid in a timely manner and there are no other violations, a tenant cannot be evicted for exercising a tenant's rights such as contacting the city for a health code violation. Retaliatory eviction is against the law in Idaho, as outlined in the state's landlord tenant act.

Eviction Process

An can eviction begins once a tenant receives a written notice. The landlord can then start the process by filing an "unlawful detainer," which demands the full payment of the rent amount due, and the surrendering of the rental property. In a standard rental eviction proceeding, the tenant receives a summons and complaint, and has 20 days to file a response to the court. In an expedited eviction proceeding, the landlord can start a "summary trial" proceeding, and can gain possession of the property within 5 to 12 days, after the tenant received the notice of the court filing.


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