January 7, 2020
Most Common Disputes Between Landlords and Tenants and How to Avoid Them
Finding the balance of peace between landlords and tenants can be a challenge. Especially when you both don’t see eye to eye on things. That’s why disputes can be common. With many individuals looking to switch apartment complexes in the warmer months, it’s never too soon to plan for where you want to live and how to maintain a civil relationship with your landlord.
But what are the most common disputes landlords and tenants face?
- Property Maintenance: Things happen, which means over the course of a year, repairs may need to be made to your apartment or the entire complex. These repairs can lead to some annoyances for you, the tenant. It’s important to note that in most states, a landlord must give tenants 24 to 48 hours notice before entering the apartment for repairs. However, in the case of an emergency such as gas, electrical, sewer, heating, or water related repairs, the landlord may enter a rental property at any time without notice.
- Tenant Cleanliness: Typically, lease agreements will outline what the tenant’s responsibilities are when it comes to keeping a clean apartment. Often, a landlord will have photos of the property before a tenant moves in to ensure that if a tenant leaves the apartment in disarray, the landlord has the right and proof to withhold the security deposits. However, if a landlord unfairly holds onto a security deposit, the tenant may be able to seek legal action.
- Damage: Damage to property doesn’t necessarily mean torn up carpeting, holes in walls, or broken windows. Some landlords may not allow the usage of screws, nails or any other fixtures that may damage the property. That’s why it is best to consult with your landlord before altering the appearance of the apartment or using any of the above tools while furnishing and decorating the apartment space.
- Subletting: Landlords have a right to seek legal action against tenants who sublet apartments without the landlord’s consent. Most often, subletting is highlighted in a lease to ensure both parties know what is and is not acceptable behavior.
- Pets: With many Americans having service animals or emotional support pets, landlords are making accommodations to fulfill Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. While service animals are trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, emotional support pets do not follow under this umbrella. Check with your landlord to see what is permissible.
Are you a tenant who is dealing with a disagreeable landlord and feel your rights are being infringed upon? Or are you a landlord who needs to seek legal action against a nightmarish tenant? Let us take on your case today.
Since 1962, the Scranton landlord-tenant dispute attorneys at Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano have been fighting for the rights of landlords and tenants throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. With decades of experience in disputes, we know real estate law in Pennsylvania and can assist you in your case. Contact us today.