1. What is a Mississippi Lease Agreement?
A Mississippi (MS) Lease Agreement is a legally binding document between a landlord and a tenant, written in accordance with Mississippi’s landlord-tenant laws. The landlord agrees to rent all (or a portion of) their property to a tenant for a fee, and the tenant agrees to the lease agreement’s terms and conditions.
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2. What to Include in a Mississippi Residential Lease Agreement
Federal law mandates that landlords in all states, including Mississippi, add specific details in their lease agreements. These details include:
- Tenant/Landlord Details: names and current addresses of both the tenant and landlord
- Premises: the address of the premises being rented
- Pets: whether pets are allowed, and any other pet-related rules
- Health Hazards: any known health hazards or risks
- Rent Specifics: the amount of rent and security deposit due, and payment dates and methods
However, states have different laws regulating the relationship between a landlord and a tenant. You should learn Mississippi’s landlord-tenant laws to protect your financial and legal rights.
3. Mississippi Landlord and Tenant Laws
Mississippi has specific regulations for landlords and tenants entering into a lease agreement. Some major regulations are as follows:
- A landlord can collect a security deposit from a tenant, and there’s no limit to the amount that they can charge. (No statute)
- A landlord must return the security deposit to the tenant within 45 days of the end of the lease (§ 89-8-21)
Landlord Right of Entry:
- A landlord doesn’t need to provide any notice before entering the rented property, although it is highly recommended. (No statute)