Bad owners can be an incredible source of stress and hassle. Responding to anger can exacerbate an already tense conflict preventing any kind of negotiation. Furthermore, an unscrupulous owner can enjoy a passive tenant resulting in monetary losses that may be difficult or time to recover. Fortunately, there are many consumer groups and non-profit organizations available to provide information on tenants, advice and legal assistance. Before resorting to the courtroom, however, tenants may be able to accomplish a lot with a small amount of information and a lot of patience.
Things you need
Lessor / lessee local codes
Letter of complaint
Completed applications small or landlord / tenant dispute form
Know your rights and responsibilities. The biggest mistake is that the tenant when renting or attempting to leave a lease is not looking for their state and local laws. These laws can be easily found on the web. Visit Owner Assn. site in the resources section for a convenient link to the owner / renter of the state laws. To find local organizations that can provide you with more information, contact your local court clerk of the landlord-tenant court or county and request brochures or contact local consumer groups.
Document everything. Whether an owner appears to be a saint or a grumpy, avoid making verbal agreements. Save copies of your lease and all correspondence so you can use it to support a request should one arise. Be aware of your tone of this correspondence. A polite letter will not only help a negotiation process, but it will improve your image must eventually reach a complaint to an arbitrator or court.
Threatening with a smile. If your landlord violates state or local ordinances, such as failing to make repairs or inform you of home inspections, make sure to respect your rights. A polite but very firm letter indicating the action you want taken will respect your documentation and can solve any problem immediately. When dealing with particularly poor owners, make sure to cite the legal grounds for your demands. Main interest of an owner is to make a profit, and the threat of a lawsuit or investigation by a housing authority is a compelling reason to run.
File a complaint. Take legal action against your landlord should normally be a last resort. However, if the need arises, you should not hesitate. Contact your county clerk of the court brief description of your problem and identify the appropriate location for filing a complaint. Your state may also require arbitration or mediation before allowing the prosecution to be heard. Bring witnesses or other tenants in the trial if they will strengthen you. Submit an event organized with all your documents. Do not stray off-topic or letting your anger and frustration to control your actions in court. The appropriate label will enhance your image in the yard and help you obtain a favorable settlement.