The following is a non-exclusive list of common landlord/tenant disputes, in no particular order of preference. Knowledge of these potential areas for conflict should be cause for early planning to try and minimize any dispute between landlord and tenant.
- Discrimination in renting.
- The amount that can legally be charged as rent, especially in a rent controlled unit.
- The amount that a landlord can raise the rent, and how notice must be given to the tenant.
- Security deposits. How to deduct, account for, and return a security deposit. How much can be collected as a security deposit. Whether a security deposit can be used towards the last month’s rent.
- Timely delivery of possession of the unit before and at the conclusion of the tenancy.
- Condition of the property.
- Repairs, maintenance, and notification.
- Retaliation as a defense to an eviction.
- Restrictions on use of the property.
- Improper or illegal assignment or subletting.
- Repair and deduct without notice to the landlord and a reasonable opportunity to fix.
- Forcible detainer.
- Bankruptcy by either the landlord or the tenant.
- Defects in the property.
- Changes to the terms of the tenancy.
- Landlord’s right of entry.
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