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7. Landlord and Tenant

Landlord and Tenant

When disagreements between landlords, or property managers, and tenants, or "renters" cannot be resolved amicably, Landlord Tenant attorneys become involved.

Common landlord tenant issues that lawyers work on are evictions, habitability issues, Fair Housing complaints, and large security deposit disputes. However, it is a good idea to prevent problems before they occur, by understanding rental laws and contracts to begin with.

Eviction is the formal process by which a tenant is forced to leave a rental unit, usually for non-payment, or other serious breach of contract. Terms associated with an eviction are "3-day comply or quit", "30 day notice", and "Unlawful Detainer". Evictions follow precise conditions and procedures. Failure to execute any portion of the eviction process correctly often "re-sets the clock" as if the process had never begun.

One of the first things a landlord-tenant attorney is going to ask for is a copy of the lease agreement. Absence of a written legal agreement offers problems to both renter and property owner. Landlords generally have the most to lose in the landlord-tenant relationship and should contact a landlord tenant lawyer to review their current contract, or create one specifically designed for their property to avoid misunderstandings and to reduce exposure to liabilities. The relatively small amount invested in a consultation is likely to pay for itself both in peace of mind and in legal protection.

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