3 Ways to Deal with a Bad Landlord

A bad landlord is a landlord nonetheless. You are contracted to work with this person until your lease expires. The most important thing to be aware of during this period is any potential legal violation, either on your part or the landlord's, so you are protected.

#1 Watch Your Contract

Your lease governs your arrangement. If you fail to keep your end of the bargain, such as missing a rent payment, then you will lose all bargaining power with your landlord and with any legal authority. Similarly, if your landlord breaks your lease, you have a legal basis to additionally break the contract.

#2 Record Problems in Writing

Anytime you issue a complaint or request, keep a written record of the issue. Otherwise, you have the potential to develop a "he said she said" type of debate down the road which will limit your ability to argue effectively.

#3 Know your Rights

It is hard to protect your rights unless you are first aware of them. Each state has a landlord-tenant law that provides for certain rights for both parties. You can locate your rights on your state's Department of Consumer Affairs website. Print a copy of this information and ensure you keep it on file with your contract.

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