Tips on Avoiding Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Finding the right rental property is no easy task. Once you have found the home or apartment you want to rent, you will need to get accustomed to dealing with your landlord. Unfortunately, there are several lawsuits filed each year by tenants and landlords who feel as if they have been wronged in some way. If at all possible, you need to try and avoid disagreements with your landlord to ensure you don’t wind up on the losing end of a lawsuit. When lawsuits are filed, finding legal professionals who are familiar with Berkeley landlord-tenant law is a must. The following are some the ways you can avoid disputes with your landlord.

Fully Understand Your Rental Agreement

The main thing you should do to avoid disputes with your landlord is to fully understand the rental agreement you have signed. One of the biggest factors that can lead to tenant-landlord disputes is a misunderstanding of these documents. Before signing off on a rental agreement, you may want to have a professional familiar with Berkeley landlord-tenant law look it over. If there are clauses or stipulations in the agreement that are too vague, asking the landlord to alter them is perfectly acceptable.

Document Everything

Taking the time to snap a few pictures of a rental home or apartment when you first move in can benefit you greatly in the long run. In some cases, a landlord will attempt to keep a tenant’s security deposits due to damage to the unit. If this damage was there when you moved in, the pictures you have taken will reflect that. By documenting everything you can avoid being taken advantage of when the time comes to move out of your existing rental.

Finding the right professionals familiar with Berkeley landlord-tenant law can help you to avoid being on the losing end of tenant-landlord disputes.

The team at Elke & Merchant LLP have helped a number of tenants in disputes with current and former landlords. Give them a call at 415-294-4111 or visit their website to schedule a consultation.

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