The contracts between a landlord and a tenant cover plenty of legal ground. Within all of the words and fine print, there are numerous ways for either a landlord or tenant to breach the lease. Whether your dispute arose due to an intentional or unintentional breach of the lease by either a landlord or a tenant, you can rest assured knowing our legal team is on your side.
Our landlord-tenant lawyers have extensive experience with all manner of landlord-tenant disputes throughout our 45+ years of combined legal practice, so nothing catches us off-balance.
Five of the most common reasons for a landlord-tenant dispute, in no particular order, are:
- Property damage: Accidents happen and rental property may become damaged. However, extensive damage, or damage caused by recklessness, neglect, or maliciousness, may be grounds for a landlord to take legal action against a tenant. On the other hand, property damage left unfixed can spur a tenant into action.Our Washington DC landlord-tenant lawyers are here to represent you, no matter what side of the landlord-tenant agreement you are on.
- Failure to pay rent: A tenant who does not pay their agreed-upon amount of rent by the contractually obligated date each month is at risk of legal action taken by their landlord. Oppositely, landlords would often rather keep a current tenant than have to go through the motions to find a new one. If a nonpayment issue has arisen, let our team find a way to resolve it amicably.
- Unauthorized Residents, Guests or Pets: When it comes time to remove a tenant early from a lease, tensions run high. Landlords need representation to make certain they are within their rights as established in Washington DC law and backed by their rental agreement. Tenants need legal representation to protect them from unjust evictions.
- Holdovers: When a lease ends, it can be complicated to figure out when the tenant actually has to leave the property. A holdover occurs when a tenant does not leave the property at the end of the lease, provides some form of payment to the landlord, and technically begins a month-to-month lease.Our attorneys know how to carefully navigate holdovers to uphold your best interests.
- Clerical errors: Many landlord-disputes become problematic due to mishandled legal procedures. Landlords need to know how to exactly proceed with any sort of legal confrontation, or the problem will only worsen, especially with evictions. On the other
hand, tenants with a valid complaint against their landlord must also tread carefully. Filing the wrong paperwork with the wrong court can exacerbate the situation.
Other possible disputes related to landlord-tenant law that we can manage include: