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Code of Alabama - Title 35: Property - Section 35-9A-401 - Noncompliance by the landlord

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Section 35-9A-401 - Noncompliance by the landlord.

(a) Except as provided in this chapter, if there is a material noncompliance by the landlord with the rental agreement or a noncompliance with Section 35-9A-204 materially affecting health and safety, the tenant may deliver a written notice to the landlord specifying the acts and omissions constituting the breach and that the rental agreement will terminate upon a date not less than 14 days after receipt of the notice if the breach is not remedied within that period, and the rental agreement shall terminate as provided in the notice subject to the following:

(1) if the breach is remediable by repairs or the payment of damages or otherwise and the landlord adequately remedies the breach before the date specified in the notice, the rental agreement shall not terminate by reason of the breach.

(2) the tenant may not terminate for a condition caused by the deliberate or negligent act or omission of the tenant, a member of the tenant's family, a licensee, or other person on the premises with the tenant's consent.

(b) Except as provided in this chapter, the tenant may recover actual damages and reasonable attorney fees and obtain injunctive relief for noncompliance by the landlord with the rental agreement or Section 35-9A-204.

(c) The remedy provided in subsection (b) is in addition to any right of the tenant arising under subsection (a).

(d) If the rental agreement is terminated pursuant to this section, the landlord shall return all security recoverable by the tenant under Section 35-9A-201 and all unearned prepaid rent.

(Act 2006-316, p. 668, §1; Act 2011-700, p. 2154, §1.)
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