Landlord – Tenant Disputes/Eviction Lawsuits
When landlords and tenants enter into a lease or rental agreement they do so hoping that they will have a good relationship. However, like any relationship, this is often not the case and tensions may develop between the parties. Tensions may develop because the tenants are not acting responsibly and following the rules they originally agreed to. Likewise, tensions can develop because the landlords are not following the law and promises they made when they rented the premises or property.
Landlord-Tenant disputes can arise in a number of situations. When it comes to tenant violations these can include:
- Failure to pay rent as agreed
- Failure to maintain the premises and keep it in good condition
- Making impermissible changes to the property or premises
- Conducting or allowing illegal activity on the property or premises
- Acting in such a way as to disturb other tenants
- Violating a pet policy
- Violating an occupancy policy
- Violating any material term agreed to between the parties in the lease or rental agreement
Landlord violations can include:
- Failure to provide timely possession of the property or premises
- Failure to provide the property or premises in a condition necessary for the purposes rented
- Failure to provide a habitable (livable) property or premises
- Failure to give the notice required by law before entering the property
- Failure to make necessary repairs
- Failure to disclose of known problems with the property or premises
- Failure to prevent other tenants from disrupting the peaceful use and enjoyment of the property or premises
- Wrongfully deducting from or withholding a security deposit
- Failing to comply with the laws governing the handling and time for returning a security deposit
- Failure to honor the terms of the lease or rental agreement
Whether your dispute involves a commercial or residential property, it can be a major source of stress and discomfort. A dispute with respect to a residential property can prevent a tenant from having a home where they can relax and forces one to constantly be on edge. A dispute with respect to a commercial property can affect a tenant’s livelihood and the success of his or her career or business. Likewise, if you are a landlord, a dispute with a tenant can create financial pressure and the inability to pay the monetary obligations associated with the property. In addition, a landlord may be faced with legal claims from other tenants, or the vacating of the property by other tenants, based upon the actions of one problematic individual.
If you are either a tenant or a landlord and have a dispute that has escalated to the point where legal action is needed, then you need a skilled attorney to represent your rights. If an eviction action is required or is already pending, then you need representation by an attorney to secure the best possible outcome. The attorneys at the Piccuta Law Group, LLP have experience handling landlord-tenant disputes and eviction actions. Please contact one of our attorneys today for assistance with your landlord-tenant dispute and a free consultation.