The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) regulates the relationship between landlords and tenants, and includes provisions regarding the duties of tenants and landlords, remedies for violations of those duties, and prohibited actions.
Certain types of living arrangements are exempt from the RLTA unless primarily established to avoid application of the RLTA, including:
- residence at public or private institutions where residence is incidental to detention or provision of medical, religious, educational, recreational, or similar services;
- occupancy under a bona fide earnest money agreement or contract to purchase a dwelling unit where the tenant is the purchaser;
- residence in a hotel, motel, or other transient lodging;
- rental agreements where occupancy is by an owner-condemnee whose property has been condemned by the Department of Transportation for acquisition as state highway property, if the agreement is certified by the Attorney General's Office;
- rental agreements for the use of a single-family residence that are incidental to and entered into in connection with a lease of land to be used primarily for agricultural purposes;
- rental agreements providing housing for seasonal agricultural employees in conjunction with employment;
- rental agreements with the Department of Natural Resources on public lands; and
- occupancy by a landlord's employee whose right to occupy the premises is conditioned upon employment on the premises.