Arkansas Landlord and Tenant Duties

Residential Landlord-Tenant Act of 2007

18-17-601. Tenant to maintain dwelling unit

A tenant shall:

(1) Comply with all obligations primarily imposed upon tenants by applicable provisions of building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety;

(2) Keep the dwelling unit and that part of the premises that he or she uses reasonably safe and reasonably clean;

(3) Dispose from his or her dwelling unit all ashes, garbage, rubbish, and other waste in a reasonably clean and safe manner;

(4) Keep all plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit or used by the tenant reasonably clean;

(5) Use in a reasonable manner all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and other facilities and appliances, including elevators in the premises;

(6) Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair, or remove any part of the premises or knowingly permit any person to do so who is on the premises with the tenant's permission or who is allowed access to the premises by the tenant;

 (7) Conduct himself or herself and require other persons on the premises with the tenant's permission or who are allowed access to the premises by the tenant to conduct themselves in a manner that will not disturb other tenant's peaceful enjoyment of the premises; and

(8) Comply with the lease and rules that are enforceable pursuant to this subchapter.

18-17-702. Noncompliance affecting health and safety

(a) If there is noncompliance by the tenant with § 18-17-601 materially affecting health and safety that may be remedied by repair, replacement of a damaged item, or cleaning, and the tenant fails to comply as promptly as conditions require in case of emergency or within fourteen (14) days after written notice by the landlord specifying the breach and requesting that the tenant remedy it within that period of time, the landlord may enter the dwelling unit and cause the work to be done in a workmanlike manner and the tenant shall reimburse the landlord for the cost and, in addition, the landlord shall have the remedies available under this chapter.

(b) If there is noncompliance by the tenant with this subchapter materially affecting health and safety other than as stated in subsection (a) of this section, and the tenant fails to comply as promptly as conditions require in case of emergency, or within fourteen (14) days after written notice by the landlord if it is not an emergency, specifying the breach and requesting that the tenant remedy within that period of time, the landlord may terminate the rental agreement circumstantial.

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