Landlord Tenant Law Overview

Unit Description

While completing this unit, students will learn about: landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities; deciphering rental and leasing agreements; costs of establishing a first residence; benefits of budgeting; major categories of living expenses; surviving and thriving with roommates.

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Student Learning Objectives

  1. To compare and contrast the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants.
  2. To understand vocabulary and language frequently encountered when establishing a first residence.
  3. To identify the typical costs associated with establishing and maintaining a first residence.
  4. To identify the benefits of establishing a personal budget.
  5. To identify the major categories of expenses within a typical monthly.
  6. To identify strategies for living compatibly with a roommate.


National Standards for Business Education

  • Business Law / Contract Law / Level 3 Performance Expectations:
    • Differentiate between classes of contracts (e.g., bilateral and unilateral, express and implied, and oral and written)
    • Explain how offer and acceptance can create contractual rights and duties
    • Determine whether or not an agreement is definite enough to be enforced as a contract
    • Explain a minors right to avoid a contract
    • Lit the ways a contract can be discharged
    • Describe breach of contract and the remedies available when a contract is breached 
    • Business Law / Property Law / Level 3 Performance Expectations:
      • Describe the kinds of rental relationships that landlords and tenants may create
    • Communication / Oral Communication / Level 3 Performance Expectations:
      • Participate in group discussions for problem resolution.
    • Communication / Informational Reading / Level 3 Performance Expectations:
      • Interpret information from manuals, computer printouts, and electronic sources
      • Research information using the Internet and select appropriate materials for reports and presentations
    • Communication / Written Communications / Level 3 Performance Expectations:
      • Compose appropriate messages for specific audiences
    • Communication / Social and Business Listening / Level 3 Performance Expectations:
      • Listen discriminately to separate fact from opinion
      • Evaluate media and oral presentations analytically and critically


Family and Consumer Science Standards

Taken from Family and Consumer Sciences Education National Standards, CONSUMER AND FAMILY RESOURCES

2.0 Evaluate management practices related to the human, economic, and environment recourses. 
2.1 Demonstrate management of individual and family resources, including food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, recreation, and transportation 
2.2 Analyze the relationship of the environment to family and consumer resources 
2.3 Analyze policies that support consumer rights and responsibilities 
2.4 Evaluate the impact of technology on individual and family resources 
2.5 Analyze interrelationship between the economic system and consumer actions 
2.6 Demonstrate management of financial resources to meet the goals of individuals and families across the life span


Unit Outline

A. Landlord-Tenant Law

  1. Importance of Landlord Tenant Law
  2. The Players
  3. Find out Average Rent
  4. Know the Basics
  5. Good-Tenant Criteria?
  6. Legal & Illegal Discrimination
  7. Rental Agreements
  8. Lease Agreements
  9. More Lease Agreements
  10. Security Deposits
  11. What to Expect in Agreements
  12. Illegal Contract Provisions
  13. Landlords Maintenance Responsibilities
  14. Tenants Maintenance Responsibilities
  15. Tenant Responsibilities
  16. Renters Insurance
  17. Adding a Roommate
  18. Roommates & Rental Agreements
  19. Landlords Legal Right to Enter
  20. Repairs
  21. Tenants Rights for Repairs
  22. When You Can Be Evicted
  23. More When You Can Be Evicted
  24. Illegal Landlord Actions
  25. When the Tenant Breaks the Lease
  26. When the Landlord Breaks the Lease
  27. When You Move Out
  28. More When You Move Out
  29. How to Protect Yourself
  30. Where to Go for Help

Lesson order:

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Landlord-Tenant Law and:
    Corresponding Microsoft Excel Landlord-Tenant Law by state
  • Foundation Activity Lesson Plan: Rental Agreement Lingo
  • Skill-Building Activity Lesson Plan: Surviving Solo Wisdom
  • Skill-Building Activity Lesson Plan: A Place to Hang Your Hat

B. Budgeting

  1. What is a Budget?
  2. Why Budgets Make Sense
  3. Budget Categories
  4. Income: Money Earned
  5. Taxes and Deductions
  6. Savings: Pay Yourself First
  7. Personal Savings Rate Declining
  8. Start Saving Young!
  9. Expenses
  10. Fixed Expenses
  11. Variable Expenses
  12. Ways to Reduce your Grocery Bill
  13. Discretionary Expenses
  14. Budget Summary

Lesson order:

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Budgeting
  • Foundation Activity Lesson Plan: Budget Basics
  • Skill-Building Activity Lesson Plan: Reality Check Quiz
  • Skill-Building Activity Lesson Plan: It Costs How Much

C. Roommates

  1. Advantages of a Roommate
  2. Disadvantages of a Roommate
  3. Minimum Roommate Expectations
  4. Rooming with Friends
  5. Finding a Roommate Safely
  6. Sources for Finding a Roommate
  7. Basics
  8. Lease Agreements
  9. Sharing with a Roommate
  10. Dividing Household Responsibilities

Lesson order:

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Roommates
  • Foundation Activity Lesson Plan: Surviving or Thriving with Roommates
  • Skill-Building Activity Lesson Plan: TV Roommates
  • Assessment Activity Lesson Plan: Vocab Quiz
  • Assessment Activity Lesson Plan: Concept Quiz
  • Assessment Activity Lesson Plan: You Be The Judge

Final Assessment:


Credit check
Discretionary expense
Disposable income
Fixed expense
Gross income
Month-to-month rental agreement
Net income
Renter’s Insurance
Security deposit
Variable Expense



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