How Landlord-Tenant Disputes Can Be Resolved

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How Landlord-Tenant Disputes Can Be Resolved

Staff Writer · Sep 20, 2010

In almost any awkward apartment living situation, landlord tenant disputes can be resolved amicably, as long as both parties are willing to work toward an agreeable end for both of them.

The thing that you have to keep in mind is that, no matter how difficult it may be, try to extend kindness and empathy to even the most stubborn of landlords. You’ll find that a lot of landlords are simply puppets who do whatever the building owners as them to do. Here’s a guide for how to resolve the dispute with your landlord and continue to be a pleasant tenant.

Open the Lines of Communication

After a dispute of any kind, it’s only natural to want to hide away and avoid further confrontation at any cost. However, it’s very important to do the opposite. While you don’t want to make any promises that will stifle future legal action against the landlord, it’s always best to try to resolve the situation amicable. Explain your position. Try to explain the situation from his perspective, to show that you are making an effort to see where he is coming from.

Then, you want to suggest a resolution, giving in a bit if necessary or appropriate. However, make it abundantly clear what you expect and when you expect it. Be diplomatic, yet no-nonsense. Make sure that the landlord knows that if your needs or requests aren’t met by the given date, that you you will take legal action to make sure that it gets done.

Small Claims Court

The most common way to solve a landlord-tenant dispute when it comes to a financial disagreement is small claims court. Keep in mind that this will cost you money out of pocket, and you may end up losing money in the end. However, even knowing this, many tenants still opt to bring their tenant to small claims court for the possibility of success and the fact that the landlord should be held accountable for he injustices done to the tenant who is vulnerable to the decisions of the landlord and property owner.

Many tenants feel that, by standing up, they will prevent further injustices to future tenants. Landlords sometimes bully a tenant or neglect property if they feel that they can get away with it.

Landlord and Tenant Court

The Landlord and Tenant court exists only for landlords or property owners who are seeking to event a tenant or someone from their property. The tenant cannot initiate this process.

However, if the landlord takes this legal action against you, there still maybe something that you can do. The tenant can reach out to the landlord. Even by paying only a portion of the amount of rent that’s past due, the landlord make think twice about pursuing his options in that court further. That’s another situation where communication is key.

Organizations

If the landlord is not making proper repairs or has allowed your property to fall into disarray at no fault of your own, you may report him to your local housing authority or counsel. A landlord is required to make sure that certain standards are met, and you can consult with your local organization for the exact rules and laws in your area. A landlord is often frightened by having an inspector visit, and he may then give you the repairs needed or honor the requests made. Otherwise, he may be in deep trouble legally. You’ll also want to report misconduct of a leasing agency or landlord to the Better Business Bureau, google reviews and any other landlord-tenant websites or apartment rental websites.

Handling Your Dispute Legally

In closing, keep in mind that you want to first try to resolve the dispute without going to court. Make sure to communicate clearly, and set clear limits and deadlines that you do not allow to pass. Although it won’t always work, it often will. If it doesn’t be sure to follow up by filoing a suit in small claims court or civil court. Call tenant organizations as well if needed, and don’t hesitate to speak your mind on all sorts of web forums if you are mistreated by a landlord or property owner and company.

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