How to deal threats from landlord?


There are quite a few kinds of landlord you can deal with while renting a place to live. One of the most common is bad landlord. This kind of landlord is an incredible source of both stress and hassle to the tenant. Here are some tips on how to deal with bad landlords.

  • Put everything into writing. Always make sure to have a good and proper documentation of every agreement you may come up with your landlord before moving in. Try to avoid having a verbal agreement with your landlord no matter if he was a saint or a scumbag and save a copy of all contracts you signed.
  • Intimidate with a smile. Avoid responding with anger. A polite letter will help you negotiate with your landlord better than meeting his range face to face. Plus it has a better chance of resolving your issue with your landlord in a breeze and if ever you would file a formal complaint against your landlord it helps you to better improve your image in court.
  • Know your rights and responsibilities. As a tenant you must have a background of your state laws, most especially the landlord tenant laws in your state if you are a tenant. There are a couple of ways on how you can get knowledge of your local state law, you can either go to your public library or search the net.
  • File a complaint or a lawsuit. After trying to negotiate with your landlord for your concern and still nothing works you can sue your landlord as a last resort. You can either contact directly your county court clerk to file a lawsuit or you can file a complaint through a mediation company. Bringing another tenant as a witness will help strengthen your lawsuit. Also try to present your case in an organized manner. Lastly, do not let your anger and frustrations get the better of you when in court.

Edited on: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 1:07 am
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