Millions of people rent their housing each year, and the rental markets here in Florida are booming. While this can be great for property developers, it increases the likelihood of landlord/tenant disputes. These disagreements can range from relatively minor, like noise violations, to very serious, like retaliatory evictions or property damage. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re currently sitting on, it’s important to know some of the potential pitfalls of this type of legal relationship.
These are some of the most common disputes between tenants and landlords, and if you need help navigating any of these, reach out to a qualified real estate attorney in Melbourne.
One of the top problems faced by landlords today is nonpayment by their tenants. This may be due to someone skipping out on rent altogether, not paying additional or adjusted rent rates, or refusing to pay for maintenance or upgrades as per the rental contract. If you’re a renter, make sure you know what you’re responsible for.
Upon repossessing a property or unit, landlords often notice damage to the property, and file disputes against tenants for these associated costs. Things like broken appliances, drywall damage, pet-related destruction, or missing fixtures are common issues.
When signing any rental agreement, it’s important to look at the expectations of community members. Violating rules around parking, noise, guests/subletters, pets, and other issues can result in disputes and potentially lengthy legal battles.
Sometimes, at the end of a lease term, units are not always returned, and this often comes with legal dispute. Tenants may refuse to move out, or they may be in disagreement about money owed or other problems, resulting in what is known as a “holdover after lease term.” Some landlords initiate eviction proceedings at this point.
Depending on the type of community, many people do not realize that there are taxes and interest rates associated with their rentals, security deposits, and other financials. This can lead to heated debate, miscommunication, and larger balances owed. These rules are sometimes outlined by the state, so make sure you have these responsibilities in writing.
Living in a rental, or being a rental landlord can have great benefits, but it can also come with some headaches. Take your time to understand the rental agreements, and work for honest, timely communication. And if you need an experienced hand with your landlord/tenant disputes, reach out to Harnage Law today for your free consultation.