Aside from some of the best skiing and most beautiful mountain ranges, Utah attracts real estate investors as a landlord-friendly state.
At a Glance:
Late Fees: Utah has no stated limits for late fees.
Security Deposit: Utah has no stated limitations on security deposit amount.
Returned Payment Fee Limit: The maximum fee for a returned payment is $20.
Notice to Enter: Utah landlords must provide tenant with a 24 hours’ notice (unless specified otherwise in the lease) to enter the property for all non-emergencies.
Late Fee/Returned Check Fee:
Utah does not provide any limitations on the amount a landlord may charge for a late rent fee.
Returned payment fees (also known as NSF fees) may not be assessed a fee more than $20.
Utah provides no constraints on the amount of the security deposit a landlord may charge. Additionally, there are no restrictions on charging a non-refundable fee.
According to Utah Code Ann. § 57-17-3, not more than 30-days after the tenant vacates, the landlord must provide back to the tenant either the full security deposit or an accounting of deductions as applicable plus any balance leftover.
Landlords are responsible to make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a habitable condition. This includes keeping all common areas in a clean and safe condition.
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Right of Entry:
Unless otherwise specified in the lease, a landlord must provide to the tenant at least 24-hours’ notice to enter the rented premises. This does not include any emergency situation where no advance notice is needed.
Notice to End Lease:
For fixed term leases, in Utah, the lease dictates whether any notification requirements are necessary.
Leases on a month-to-month basis – 15 days’ notice is required to terminate the tenancy.
Leases on a weekly basis – 15 days’ notice is needed to end the tenancy.
The following violations require at least a 3-day advance written notice providing the offender to cure before filing in court for eviction.
- non-payment of rent
- violation of lease terms
- unauthorized subleasing
However, the following offenses only require a 3-day notice with no requirement to cure:
- illegal activities
- committing waste on the property
- allowing a nuisance on the property
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