Can a landlord change the terms of a lease at anytime they wish?

We just moved in to a house a month ago and got a dog about a week after we moved in. The original rules that we signed to said that no outside pets were allowed. Now the landlord put new rules in our door that says no outside or inside pets were allowed. Is it legal for them to change rules like that?

Asked on June 26, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Arkansas


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The landlord can make changes in the terms of the lease, but has to comply with the notice requirements before those changes take effect.  For example, if you have a month-to-month tenancy, the landlord can make changes in the terms of the lease, but thirty days notice is required before the change in terms take effect. 

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