In the legal realm of landlord-tenant relationships, Arkansas is unique among the states: there is no explicit or implicit Warranty of Habitability. While the vast majority of landlords are good people who take care of their properties, there are some landlords who do not, and who allow their rentals to fall into disrepair.
On February 26th, 2015, House Bill 1486 was filed. This bill creates a Warranty of Habitability for residential rental properties in Arkansas. This bill was drafted by a working group of both tenant and landlord advocates, with both sides respecting the needs and experiences of the other. This bill is common-sense legislation, which will protect tenants, while not impacting the landlords who already take care of their properties.
The Landlords Association of Arkansas was actively involved in the bill’s drafting, and we proudly support this bill.
Howard K. Warren, Legislative Director
Landlords Association of Arkansas
Link to the bill: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2015/2015R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=hb1486