When it comes to disputes between landlords and tenants, one of the most positive things that can take place is communication. Sometimes taking notes and talking to a landlord through a meeting is all it takes to get on the same page about an issue. A tenant and a landlord don’t always have to agree, but at least both parties will be heard and can work toward an acceptable solution that works for both of you. It also helps to understand the laws that pertain to your specific case. At DeVries & Associates, we want to help you through your tenant-landlord matters in a way that works for all parties involved. Today we want to focus on some of the most common disputes that arise between tenants and landlords.
Common Types of Disputes
Violation of Town or Village Code: There are many issues that fall under violations of town and village codes every year in the U.S. Some of these include noise violations, occupancy limits, and parking-related issues when people are not parking in their correct spots outside of a property. Because tenants don’t always follow the rules, a landlord could find themselves in court as they deal with a citation that is not exactly their fault.
These types of scenarios leave a lasting impact on a landlord, who has to attend a hearing that isn’t their fault and may also lose out on money if they receive fines. Sometimes, landlords will take action before they even welcome a tenant into a home and include something known as a liquidated damages provision to the lease, which can compensate them for their time when they have time and costs associated with the court.
Property Damage: Sometimes, tenants cause damage to properties. When a tenant moves out and a landlord sees the inside of their property, they might find things like ripped furniture, stained floors, broken appliances, and holes in walls – and they didn’t even know it until closer inspection. This is why landlords ask for a security deposit so that they can sometimes fix damages that are left by the tenants. A landlord may find themselves in a situation where they are involved in a long, drawn-out process trying to protect their rights and show the court that the damage was done by the tenant.
Non-Payment of Rent: Rent is owed every month when a tenant is renting. When the tenant is not paying, this is one more issue that could end up in court. The same can be said if a tenant contracts certain services but does not pay for them, and the landlord ends up becoming liable for these matters.
There are many other issues that can take place between landlords and tenants, such as forcing a tenant to leave if they will not leave voluntarily even after notices, or jurisdiction of the court concerns when making sure that a claim is brought in the right manner. If you are dealing with issues that are common to tenants and landlords and need help with your case, we are here for you at DeVries & Associates. Call us for more information on how we can help you at 808-465-2500 or 808-339-3200.