In the current busy real estate market, it is exciting for renters to find an available home or apartment at the right price. While landlords and tenants often enter a lease with the best intentions, there are disputes that can arise during their relationship and it’s important to know how to address them.
One of the most common disagreements between a landlord and tenant is rent. If tenants do not pay on time or they withhold rent, it can cause financial difficulties for the landlord. Also, maintenance issues can cause a dispute if the issue is not quickly resolved by the landlord. This can include problems with the plumbing, heating or cooling and electrical systems.
Noise complaints are also common, especially in apartment buildings with multiple units. Finally, when a tenant moves out of the house or apartment, there can be disputes over how the security deposit is used. It is intended to be used to cover damage to the property and sometimes, unpaid rent. However, the tenant may state that it should be returned because the property only had normal wear and tear.
As a first step, it is helpful for the landlord and tenant to have a conversation to understand the other’s concerns. They may be able to reach a compromise where each party is satisfied.
If that does not resolve the issue, they may want to consider mediation where a neutral third party helps them come to an agreement. If mediation is not successful, the parties have the option to go to court.