Landlord and tenants have a relationship that can often become quite tense if trust is broken from one of the parties. It is a relationship that is often based on contractual agreements, and if there is only a minor breach of contract, the entire relationship can get very complex.
The following blog features a list of frequently asked questions that arise when a landlord and tenant are involved in a dispute.
What are the first steps I can take to avoid litigation?
For both tenants and landlords, it is extremely important to make sure that you have read the lease contract carefully and that you understand your legal rights and responsibilities under the law. If you do experience a problem, you should exercise open, honest and straight forward communication to avoid any escalation. Keep all contact in writing.
If I want to settle a dispute out of court, do I need help?
In an ideal situation, disputes should be settled through a simple conversation. However, if this is not possible, it might be useful to involve a third-party independent mediator that can help you to work things out. Many private companies offer these services.
How do I take the dispute to court if all else fails?
Usually a landlord tenant dispute will be settled in a small claims court. In this case, it would involve small amounts of money being owed, such as unpaid rent or an unreturned deposit.
It is always useful to seek legal advice in landlord/tenant matters so that your case can be properly assessed.
Source: Findlaw, "Landlord tenant disputes faqs," accessed July 28, 2017