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When tenants don’t honor their end of the lease, things can get ugly fast. As a property owner or manager, you need to make sure you do not anything that can escalate the situation and make matters worse or lose your rights because of actions you took due to inexperience with the law. Being a landlord is easy when the rent comes in on time every month, your tenants take care of the property, and stay in the home for the full term of the lease. But what if that is not the case? If you’ve found yourself in a less than desirable situation with a tenant, it might be time to talk to a professional.
When a dispute arises with your current or former tenant, Blibaum Law is here for you. In our nearly 50 years of representing property managers, especially in the multi-family industry, we have seen it all. When clients try to deal with a situation without legal advice or representation, they often put themselves into a deeper hole.
There are many nuances when it comes to the laws involving property management. Even long practicing attorneys sometimes do not understand them. They do not work with it every day like we do. Some laws protect the owner/manager, and some protect the tenant. There are also specific time frames where action must be taken, but then there are exceptions, and exceptions to those exceptions. This is not a situation where you want to guess, or do what you think should be right. One small mistake can cost you what you are entitled to. Some common issues include:
- Post-move out collections of unpaid rent, property damages, and unpaid fees
- Breach of lease
- Rent escrow
- Forcible entry and detainer (an unauthorized sublet, or “squatter”)
- Failure to pay rent (seeking eviction)
- Tenant holding over (when a tenant stays beyond the term of their lease)
- Fair Housing Act compliance
- ADA compliance
- Housing Discrimination