How To Deal with a Bad Landlord

Home owning can be very difficult, not to mention expensive. Apart from the initial cost of the house itself, there are many other payments that you need to make on a regular basis, such as the cost of home insurance, bills, utilities, improvements, and many more. Because of this, most people simply choose to rent apartments or houses in the mean time. When renting, however, there is always the possibility of ending up with a bad landlord. Here’s how you can deal with terrible landlords.

  • Communicate. First of all, you should make formal attempts to communicate with your landlord. Generally, you have the law on your side when it comes to these types of disputes, because the tenant is usually favored by legislation on renting. However, you need to be able to show proof that you have done everything you can to resolve the problem as amicably as possible, first. To do this, you need to give your landlord or the owner of the property a ring, and then a formal letter where you will shortly indicate the problems that you have with the landlord. Make sure that you keep a copy of the letter for yourself, and that the landlord signs a receipt copy of the letter, to show that the landlord has actually read the letter.
  • Research. Also make sure that you do your research about the problem. There are plenty of problems that can arise when renting since you do not technically own the property and you are only allowed to live in it for a certain time frame and given certain conditions. If the problems are minor, you may be able to resolve it with your landlord without needing to take the problem to the higher authorities. If the problems are major, however, such as a landlord who is trying to unjustly evict you, or who is unjustly increasing the price of rent, then you should take the problem to higher authorities, such as the courts if needed.
  • Complaint. If your landlord does not respond to your initial letter and to your calls and visits, then the next step is to file a formal complain letter. At this point, it may be best for you to contact your lawyer, so that you will have an idea on where you should file the complaint letter, and how it will be addressed. Make sure that you present all of the necessary documents in the complaint, such as copies of the letters that you have sent to your landlord.
  • Sublet. If you feel that renting has become unbearable for you, the final step that you can take is to sublet the house so that you can move out. Or, if you have the option of moving out at any time, you can simply leave the house. Make sure, however, that you leave the house in good condition, and that you take photos of the house after you have left it, so that the landlord will not be able to complain back that you have damaged the property.

Dealing with uncaring or problematic landlords can be a major pain. With these steps, however, you should be able to calmly deal with your landlord, without getting yourself into further trouble.


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