Article 1 General Provisions 24-1-1 – 24-1-10
Article 2 Municipal Housing Authorities 24-1-20 – 24-1-45
Article 3 County Housing Authorities 24-1-60 – 24-1-84
Article 4 Regional and Consolidated Housing Authorities 24-1-100 – 24-1-117
Article 5 Cooperation of Cities, Counties, etc., With Housing Authorities 24-1-130 – 24-1-134

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 24 > Chapter 1 - Housing Authorities

  • adult: An individual who has attained the age of 21 years. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • ADULT MOVIE HOUSE: A place where obscene "adult films" depicting sexual conduct are shown. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • ADULT-ONLY ENTERTAINMENT: Any commercial establishment or private club where entertainers, employees, dancers, or waiters appear nude or semi-nude. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • aircraft: Any contrivance now known or hereafter invented, used or designed for navigation of or flight in the air, except a parachute or other contrivance designed for use primarily as safety equipment. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • airport: Any area of land or water which is used, or intended for use, for the landing, take-off, storage, parking or dispersal of aircraft, and any appurtenant areas which are used, or intended for use, for airport buildings, facilities or rights-of-way, together with all airport buildings, structures and facilities located thereon. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • AUTHORITY: The public corporation organized pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. See Alabama Code 16-16-1
  • authority: A public corporation organized pursuant to the provisions of this article. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • AUTHORIZING SUBDIVISION: Any county or municipality in this state whose governing body receives and approves an application for permission to organize an authority. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Bailiff: a court officer who enforces the rules of behavior in courtrooms.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • BENEFIT PLAN: An employer's plan for the benefit of an employee or partner, or an individual retirement account. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Bequest: Property gifted by will.
  • board: The board of directors of the authority. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • bond: Any bond authorized to be issued pursuant to the provisions of this article. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • bonds: The bonds issued under the provisions of this chapter. See Alabama Code 16-16-1
  • BREAST NUDITY: The showing of the post-pubertal human female breasts below a point immediately above the top of the areola. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • broker: A person lawfully engaged in the business of effecting transactions in securities or commodities for the person's own account or for the account of others. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
  • Circumstantial evidence: All evidence except eyewitness testimony.
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • conservator: A person appointed or qualified by a court to act as general, limited, or temporary guardian of a minor's property or a person legally authorized to perform substantially the same functions. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • county: Any of the 67 counties of the state. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • court: Circuit court. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Court reporter: A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court and produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
  • custodian: A person so designated under Section 35-5A-10 or a successor or substitute custodian designated under Section 35-5A-19. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • director: A member of the board of directors of the authority. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • DISPLAY FOR SALE: To expose, place, exhibit, show, or in any fashion display any material for the purpose of the sale of such material to any person in a manner that a minor can physically examine or see the material. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • DISSEMINATE PUBLICLY: To expose, place, perform, exhibit, show or in any fashion display, in any location, public or private, any material in a manner that the material can either be readily seen and its content or character distinguished by normal unaided vision or be physically examined, by viewing or examining the material from any public place or any place to which members of the general public are invited. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • distribute: To import, export, sell, rent, lend, transfer possession of or title to, display, exhibit, show, present, provide, broadcast, transmit, retransmit, communicate by telephone, play, orally communicate or perform. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Executive session: A portion of the Senate's daily session in which it considers executive business.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • export: To send or cause to be sent outside of the State of Alabama from inside the state. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • Extradition: The formal process of delivering an accused or convicted person from authorities in one state to authorities in another state.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: A government corporation that insures the deposits of all national and state banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. Source: OCC
  • FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: The United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof. See Alabama Code 24-1-101
  • Federal Reserve System: The central bank of the United States. The Fed, as it is commonly called, regulates the U.S. monetary and financial system. The Federal Reserve System is composed of a central governmental agency in Washington, D.C. (the Board of Governors) and twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks in major cities throughout the United States. Source: OCC
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • FINANCIAL INSTITUTION: A bank, trust company, savings institution, or credit union, chartered and supervised under state or federal law. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • FOR ANY THING OF PECUNIARY VALUE: In exchange for, in return for, or for any consideration consisting of, whether wholly or partly:

    a. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1

  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
  • GENERAL PROPERTY INSTRUMENT: A real property instrument that affects the title to personal property as well as real property. See Alabama Code 45-18-82.51
  • GENITAL NUDITY: The showing of the human male or female genitals or pubic area. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • GOVERNING BODY: The legislative body, council, board of commissioners, county commission, or other body charged with governing the city, town, or county, as the case may be. See Alabama Code 24-1-101
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • HARMFUL TO MINORS: The term means:

    a. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1

  • heliport: An airport designed primarily for use by helicopters. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
  • import: To bring or cause to be brought into the State of Alabama from outside of the state. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • IMPROVED RECORDING SYSTEM: A system of recording real property instruments and personal property instruments in the probate office and, in the discretion of the judge of probate, of recording other instruments and documents, which system when completed, shall consist of the equipment necessary and suitable to record, archive, and retrieve records. See Alabama Code 45-18-82.51
  • indenture: A mortgage, an indenture of mortgage, deed of trust, trust agreement or trust indenture executed by the authority as security for bonds. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • juries: include courts or judges in all cases when a jury trial is waived, or when the court or judge is authorized to ascertain and determine the facts as well as the law. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • knowingly: The term means knowingly, as defined by Section 13A-2-2(2), doing an act involving a material when the person knows the nature of the material. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE: An individual's personal representative or conservator. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • material: Any book, magazine, newspaper, printed or written matter, writing, description, picture, drawing, animation, photograph, motion picture, film, video tape, pictorial representation, depiction, image, electrical or electronic reproduction, broadcast, transmission, telephone communication, sound recording, article, device, equipment, matter, oral communication, live performance, or dance. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • military service of the United States: as used in this chapter , shall include the Army of the United States, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, any reserve or auxiliary component of any of the foregoing, the National Guard, those persons commissioned in the public health service and those persons entering into the service of any organization similar to those mentioned in this section hereafter formed by the government of the United States. See Alabama Code 36-8-1
  • minor: Any unmarried person under the age of 18 years. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • minor: An individual who has not attained the age of 21 years. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • month: means a calendar month. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • municipality: Any city or incorporated town in the state. See Alabama Code 24-1-101
  • municipality: Any of the incorporated municipal corporations of the state, whether classified as city or town. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • oath: includes affirmation. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • obscene: The term means that:

    a. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1

  • OTHER FACILITY: Any land, right in land, building, structure, machinery, equipment or facility useful for or in connection with any housing or residential project or facility, or any educational project or facility, or any stadium, coliseum, fair ground, exhibition or athletic building or any other recreational facility, or any manufacturing, commercial, research or related facility for the promotion or development of industry or trade or any one or more or all of the foregoing. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: Any individual and, except where inappropriate, any partnership, firm, association, corporation or other legal entity. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • person: An individual, corporation, organization, or other legal entity. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidence of debt, deeds and conveyances. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • PERSONAL PROPERTY INSTRUMENT: Any instrument or document affecting the title to personal property only, as distinguished from real property, that may be now or hereafter required to be filed or titled for record in the probate office, in accordance with the applicable requirements of the laws of this state, including, without limitation, Sections 35-4-50 and 35-4-90. See Alabama Code 45-18-82.51
  • PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE: An executor, administrator, successor personal representative, or special administrator of a decedent's estate or a person legally authorized to perform substantially the same functions. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • preceding: means next before. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • produce: Create, make, write, film, produce, reproduce, direct, or stage. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • real property: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • REAL PROPERTY INSTRUMENT: Includes any instrument or document affecting the title to real property that may now or hereafter be filed for record in the probate office pursuant to the applicable requirements of the laws of this state, including, without limitation, Section 12-13-43, and all statutes providing for the filing and recording of notices or statements of liens of any kind, notices of judgments, and plats or maps showing the subdivision of real estate. See Alabama Code 45-18-82.51
  • recklessly: The term means recklessly, as defined by Section 13A-2-2(3), doing an act involving a material when the person knows the nature of the material. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • SADO-MASOCHISTIC ABUSE: The term means:

    a. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1

  • salary: as used in this division , is not intended to include or cover costs and charges of court or fees, commissions, percentages, or allowances of public officers, and such are not subject to writs of garnishment under the provisions of this division. See Alabama Code 6-6-480
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • SEXUAL CONDUCT: The term means:

    a. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1

  • SEXUAL INTERCOURSE: Intercourse, whether genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, and whether between persons of the same or opposite sex or between a human and an animal. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • state: Includes any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any territory or possession subject to the legislative authority of the United States. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • state: The State of Alabama. See Alabama Code 16-16-1
  • state: The State of Alabama. See Alabama Code 4-3-40
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • subscription: include a mark when the person cannot write, if his name is written near the mark, and witnessed by a person who writes his own name as a witness, and include with respect to corporate securities facsimile signature placed upon any instrument or writing with intent to execute or authenticate such instrument or writing. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testator: A male person who leaves a will at death.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • transfer: A transaction that creates custodial property under Section 35-5A-10. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • transferor: A person who makes a transfer under this chapter. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • TRUST COMPANY: A financial institution, corporation, or other legal entity, authorized to exercise general trust powers. See Alabama Code 35-5A-2
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • United States: includes the territories thereof and the District of Columbia. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • wholesaler: A person who distributes material for the purpose of resale or commercial distribution at retail. See Alabama Code 13A-12-200.1
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • writing: includes typewriting and printing on paper. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 1-1-1