Landlord-Tenant Law

Landlord-Tenant Law


Welcome to LawShelf’s video-course on Landlord-Tenant Law. This course explores the responsibilities and remedies of landlords and tenants. This is an introductory-level course, with no prior knowledge of real property law required.

In its first module, this course defines various types of leasehold estates and distinguishes among them. We will also look at important differences between commercial and residential properties and the distinctions between the rights and responsibilities that go along with owning, leasing and licensing real property interests. 

In modules two and three, we will look at the responsibilities of the landlord and the remedies of the tenant should the landlord fail to live up to those responsibilities. They will discuss the duties to deliver possession, ensure quiet enjoyment and repair certain aspects of the premises. We will also discuss the additional responsibilities that are relevant to residential leases. 

The tenants’ remedies discussion includes grounds for relief, including constructive eviction, breach of covenant and discrimination or whistleblowing and the types of monetary damages that are available to tenants. 

The last two modules look at the responsibilities of the tenant and the remedies of the landlord. The tenant’s responsibilities include paying rent, avoiding waste, making certain repairs and engaging in reasonable behavior not disruptive to the landlord or other tenants. We will also look at the problem of fixtures and who owns them. Module four also look at assignments and subleases, when they are allowed and who owes responsibilities to whom when parties to leases are substituted. Module five looks at security deposits, rent acceleration clauses, the landlord’s ability to terminate the lease, eviction and similar issues. 

After completing this course, we are confident that you will have a comprehensive frame work of knowledge about the landlord-tenant relationship and the responsibilities and remedies of both parties. 

Best of luck and we welcome your feedback. 

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How do I complete a video-course?

To complete a video-course, you must pass a 10-question multiple-choice examination by scoring 70% or higher.  The questions on the exam are randomly selected from the self-test question sets for the various modules. You can retake an exam as many times as you need to, though you will not get the same questions each time since the questions are drawn from an exam bank.

How long will it take me to complete a video-course?

Between watching the modules, doing the self-test practice questions, reviewing the material and taking the final exam, we estimate that completing a video-course requires a time investment of 4-5 hours.  The courses are designed to get straight to the point. We’re cognizant that your time is valuable, and we condense the information you need to know to comprehensively cover a subject into as little time as practical.

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Once you complete the course by passing the final exam, you will be awarded a digital badge to display as evidence of your training and accomplishment.

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How long do I retain access to the course materials?

You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.

Leases and Tenancies-Module 1 of 5

Duties of the Landlord–Module 2 of 5

Tenant's Remedies - Module 3 of 5

Tenant’s Duties - Module 4 of 5

Rights and Remedies of a Landlord - Module 5 of 5

Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.