When it comes to the real estate business, people are often worried about dealing with horrible tenants. But there is another side to that, and that is having to deal with an awful landlord. If this is something that you are concerned about here are a few things to keep in mind.
Educate Yourself in Term of What Your Rights Are
While landlord/tenant rights vary depending on where you are located. Because of this, it is vital that you familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations in your area.
Make Sure You Read Your Lease
Leases can be tedious and lengthy to read, but it is critical that you take the time to read them anyway. If your landlord has agreed to something in writing then your landlord is obligated to abide by it – that said, the same goes for you. You cannot fight something that you previously agreed to in writing – legally you are obligated to follow through. That said if your landlord begins to make demands that are unrealistic or unfair, or they insist you do things that aren’t your
responsibility, go ahead and remind them of what’s in the lease.
Make Sure You Take Pictures
In addition to making sure that you put all of your requests in writing, it is highly advisable to take pictures. Try to remember to take photos of the empty apartment when you move in and make notes of anything that looks even slightly sketchy, anything that is broken or on its last legs, and continue to take pictures of anything that deteriorates over the course of your time there. And, if a repair is needed on something, take a photo of the problem so that you have it on record.
Talk to the Other Tenants
If you’re having significant problems with your landlord, it’s probably safe to assume other tenants are as well. Speak to them and see if they are having, or have had, similar issues. They may be able to provide you with some insight or helpful advice on how to resolve things.