Housing disputes frequently arise between landlords and tenants given the nature of the relationship and shared obligations over the property. Here are the 10 most common areas of contention between landlords and tenants:
Deposit Deductions – Disagreements over deductions made from tenant’s deposit at end of lease for cleaning, damages etc. beyond normal wear and tear.
Property Repairs – Conflicts over who bears responsibility for repairs and maintenance of appliances, fixtures, and other issues when they arise.
Rent Arrears – Situations where the tenant falls behind on rent payment leading to recovery demands from the landlord.
Breach of Tenancy Terms – Tenants violating lease clauses on pets, guests, subletting etc. Or landlords breaching clauses pertaining to quiet enjoyment of property, timely repairs etc.
Noise Complaints – Excessive noise from tenant or their visitors affecting neighbors leading to complaints and potential eviction.
Property Access – Landlords entering rental units without proper notice or tenant consent. Or tenants denying reasonable access.
Tenant Damage to Property – Situations where tenants have willfully or negligently caused damage to the rental unit beyond normal wear and tear.
Harassment and Illegal Evictions – Cases where landlords resort to harassment tactics or unlawful evictions violating tenant rights.
Lease Termination – Disputes arising over confusion or unreasonable refusal to terminate or renew tenancy agreements.
Right to Sublet – Disagreements over tenant subletting all or part of the property, taking in lodgers etc. without landlord approval.
Many of these common disputes can be prevented through clear written tenancy agreements outlining rights and responsibilities of both parties. Maintaining cordial relations also helps resolve minor issues. However, legal recourse is sometimes necessary to protect one’s rights and interests if disputes cannot be resolved mutually. Landlords and tenants would do well to learn how to avoid and handle conflicts constructively.
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