Any landlord who has been leasing properties for more than a few years has undoubtedly dealt with difficult tenants. Despite a landlord’s best efforts to properly screen individuals before signing a lease, problems inevitably arise. If a landlord is lucky, the worst issues will be late rent or some minor property damage. But more commonly, landlords seeking legal help have endured nightmarish experiences, including tenants who haven’t paid rent in months and those who cause extensive property damage.
Why You Need a North Andover Landlord Attorney
Many cases involving landlord-tenant disputes can be settled outside of court. At the Law Offices of Richard A. Kelley, this is always our goal. Pre-trial settlements are less expensive, less time consuming, and far-less stressful than litigation. But if the situation demands, we are more than prepared to take your case to court. Contact the Law Offices of Richard A. Kelley today at 781-460-9651 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
Common Landlord-Tenant Disputes
Although landlord-tenant disputes can arise for countless reasons, the following situations are among the most common causes of cases we handle.
Health and Safety Violations On the Property
If a tenant claims to have been injured as a result of a health or safety violation, you may be facing a lawsuit for any damages suffered. It is the property owner’s responsibility to resolve health and safety issues, such as mold growth or unsafe decking, but the landlord needs to be aware of these problems in order to fix them. If a situation occurred without the landlord’s knowledge and the tenant failed to report the issue, the landlord should not be liable.
Failure to Pay Rent
If a tenant has failed to pay rent, you can begin eviction proceedings, but it is important to follow the legal guidelines for doing so. In order to obtain a court order to evict a tenant, you must first serve the tenant with a 14-day Notice to Quit. Once the required 14 days have passed, you can then obtain the execution, a court order permitting a sheriff or constable to remove the tenant, other occupants, and any of their belongings.
Property Damage Caused By a Tenant
If a tenant has caused extensive property damage, beyond what can be repaired by retaining their security deposit, you may need to take legal action. Similarly, a tenant who is demanding a returned security deposit to which he/she is not entitled may result in the need for legal counsel.
Never underestimate the importance of a well-drafted lease. When landlords use generic lease templates and issues arise with a tenant, the consequences can be disastrous. Do not limit your ability to recover damages from a problem tenant by using a boiler-plate lease. An experienced landlord lawyer can ensure that your lease covers all potential problems and protects you from serious financial losses and unnecessary headaches.
In addition to the above, a North Andover landlord lawyer can represent you in foreclosure evictions and defend you against accusations of harassment or discrimination.
Contact the Law Offices of Richard A. Kelley Today
If you are involved in a dispute with a tenant, the skilled legal team at the Law Offices of Richard A. Kelley can help. We have successfully represented countless MA landlords, and our experienced attorneys will ensure that you fully understand your rights and options before moving forward. Contact the Law Offices of Richard A. Kelley today at 781-460-9651 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.