The landlord-tenant relationship is often strained and difficult to navigate due to constant disputes. These disputes are stressful for both the landlord and the tenant, severely impacting their peace of mind. The majority of disputes that occur between the two parties are largely due to a breach of obligations.
To expedite conflict resolution, landlords turn to property management companies to act as a buffer between them and the tenants. In this blog, we’ll cover four common causes of landlord-tenant disputes.
Maintenance and repairs
One of the leading causes of landlord-tenant disputes is due to repairs and maintenance of the property. As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to maintain the structure of the property as well as dealing with any issues that arise due to faulty wiring or malfunctioning gas or water pipelines. Leaky roofs and broken boilers are common problems that affect the living conditions of the tenant, and if these problems are not taken care of swiftly, a dispute may arise.
Timely rent collection is the hallmark of a healthy landlord-tenant relationship. Naturally, issues arise when the tenant withholds the rent for whatever reason, as that can impact the cash flow of the landlord. Sometimes, tenants use rent as a bargaining tool to get landlords to make requested property repairs.
To avoid this, landlords can include a late fees penalty clause in the terms of the contract. Failure to pay the rent on time or non-payment can result in disputes, and in some cases, eviction.
As a tenant, it’s your responsibility to inform the landlord about your pets before you sign the agreement. This is a common dispute among landlords and tenants as sometimes, landlords prefer to rent out to people who don’t have pets. However, an exception has to be made for service animals as failure to allow them into a tenant’s home can result in an unlawful discrimination suit.
Damage to property
Even if the security deposit is a hefty amount, sometimes it’s not enough to cover the costs of damage that tenants cause to the property. Disputes can arise due to the condition of the property upon repossession as landlords may complain about any broken appliances or stained walls. To avoid this, it’s advised that both, tenants and landlords, take a few baseline pictures before renting the property.
Through proper communication between the two parties, any dispute can be resolved. However, if the conflict escalates and no suitable conclusion is reached, consider hiring a property management company to take care of the problem. At KH Property Consultants, we’re experienced in property management in NY and have helped resolve conflicts between hundreds of tenants and landlords.
Our property managers in Brooklyn represent our client’s interests in a fair manner, taking care of issues such as rent collection and making sure that the terms stipulated in lease agreements are being followed. Reach out to us today!