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3 steps to resolving a dispute with your landlord

When you rent a new apartment or house, you hope that your relationship with your landlord will be peaceful. However, sometimes this is not always the case. Maybe your landlord is not fixing a broken pipe or is violating your privacy. When a dispute arises, you may have concerns about how to resolve it.

So what should you do when there is a disagreement between you and your landlord? Here is a guide for dealing with landlord-tenant disputes. 

1. Determine the scope of your problem

According to the Huffington Post, the first thing you should do to resolve a landlord-tenant dispute is figure out how big the problem is. Is the ceiling leaking? Does the carpet have a stain you did not notice before? Determine whether the problem is worth the time and effort to go to court. If your landlord is violating the law, you should consider taking further action. 

2. Meet with your landlord

Next, you should set up a meeting with your landlord. Try your best to stay calm. If you can keep your anger at bay, you have a better chance of coming to a resolution. However, you should make it clear that you expect results, especially if it is something serious like a crucial repair that has been ignored. 

3. Consider the actions you should take

If your landlord does not repair a leaking ceiling or a toilet that will not flush, it is time for you to weigh your options. Are you able to afford the repair yourself? Do you have enough time and resources to move out? Should you talk to an attorney? A lawyer can help you with writing letters to your landlord and understanding local laws. 

Whether you go to court over your dispute depends on the seriousness of the problem and the unwillingness of your landlord to fix it. Keep these three considerations in mind whenever an argument occurs between you and your landlord.

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