In 2019, there were 43 million properties being rented in the US (Source: Statista). Landlord is a catch-all term. Your landlord could be someone who is renting out a spare property or has a large rental portfolio. You won’t always be dealing with the property owner directly, but a third party who is managing property on their behalf.
Most people have no issues with their landlords and property, but if you get stuck with the landlord from hell, there are ways to deal with it.
Know your rights
There are many laws in place to protect tenants from unscrupulous landlords and poor housing conditions. Many people are unaware of most of these. If you are unhappy with your landlord or property, look up your rights to see if you have a fair case. If you believe that you have experienced an injury as a result, you can engage someone to work on your behalf, such as Gibson Hill Personal Injury, who have a great track record.
Knowing what you can reasonably and legally expect of your landlord can give you confidence when contacting them about a problem. Laws vary by state, so find the regulations relevant to your location.
Keep a record of communication.
Even if you currently have a good relationship with your landlord, it’s a good idea to keep records of any rent payments and correspondence. If you communicate face to face or via phone, you can still write down the time, date, and what was discussed. This way, if you need to refer back to something, you have the correct information. Where possible, keep all communications in writing or via email.
When you first move into a property, take high-resolution photos of everything, particularly any areas of damage or wear and tear. Having this record can prevent you from being blamed for damage that was not your fault and save your security deposit.
Deal with them in a courteous manner
It can sometimes be difficult to keep you cool when you’re dealing with an unreasonable landlord, but getting angry or causing conflict isn’t going to solve anything and could potentially escalate matters out of your control. If for any reason you are feeling harassed or threatened, then you need to call the authorities.
Pay your rent
Landlords are more likely to be accommodating to tenants who are reliable, don’t cause any issues, and pay their rent on time. Being a good tenant can prevent many problems in the future and make your landlord more likely to carry out requests or speed up repairs in the future.
Dealing with landlords can be tough, especially if they are unreasonable, but unsafe living conditions and harassment can cause a lot of problems for you and your family. The best way to deal with them is to know your rights, keep detailed records, and be as good a tenant as possible.
If you are still having difficulties, then you can look at taking legal action, or moving to another property if you are able to.