Most landlord-tenant relationships bring benefits to all parties. The tenant has a safe and clean place to stay and the landlord receives a regular source of income.
Unfortunately, there are occasions where disputes may arise. These can cause significant stress for everyone involved, especially if they last for an extended period. Thankfully, there are some methods to either prevent such disputes or resolve them in a timely fashion.
Stay on top of the law
New York housing law is constantly changing, and it is beneficial for landlords to stay on top of that. By ensuring that legal agreements are watertight from the offset, you might be able to prevent disputes further down the line. While landlords are subject to certain legal obligations, tenants are expected to hold up their side of the bargain too. If everyone knows where they stand in the beginning, there may be less room for disputes later in the tenancy.
Try an amicable approach
If rent is being withheld or you suspect your property has been damaged, this can be infuriating. Your first reaction might be to fly off the handle. Nonetheless, it is important to try to your your personal feelings under control and treat the lease like the business transaction it is. Sometimes, things go wrong and there might not be any foul play involved. By remaining on civil terms with the tenant, issues can often be settled without the need for legal proceedings.
You have legal rights as a landlord
If all of your approaches have been rejected, then you can fall back on your legal protections as a landlord. It is advisable to keep detailed records of any outstanding issues and previous correspondence. The court will need to have a full picture when settling any disagreements.
Landlord-tenant disputes can be frustrating, but they can be resolved. Knowing your legal rights in New York will ensure that you get the protection to which you’re entitled.