Property and real estate laws typical concern things like landlord-tenant relations, homestead protection from creditors, and related matters. Laws regulating the rental market protect both landlords and tenants. In Virginia, for example, landlords must return a tenant's security deposit within 45 days of the termination of the lease and allows landlords to charge up to two months rent for a security deposit. Virginia homestead protection law allows an individual to claim a portion of his or her property as off limits to creditors up to $5,000 worth of real estate, plus $500 for each dependent. Click on a link below to learn more about Illinois property and real estate laws.