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Landlord -Tenant Agreements

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Landlord -Tenant Agreements

Landlord and tenant laws are different from state to state. If you are faced with a landlord and tenant dispute it is advised to contact a landlord and tenant lawyer to understand how the lease agreement and local landlord and tenant laws apply to you.

A landlord and tenant relationship is guided by a lease agreement in which the landlord allows the tenant to use the property outlined in the lease and the tenant in return pays an amount to the landlord. Understanding the terms of a lease agreement is critical because in many disputes the terms are binding and controls the outcome.

In any lease agreement the landlord and tenant should discuss important issues, and thoroughly review the lease agreement. It is particularly critical to spend the appropriate time and understand what each party is entitled to and what each party must do in return in a rental agreement. Landlord and tenant attorneys can assist the parties with any questions regarding the lease. In the majority of cases a landlord already understands the terms of the agreement, so tenants should consult an attorney before signing a lease. Here are a few suggestions to guide you as you prepare to lease.

Review the Condition of the Property and Terms of Security Deposit

Before signing the lease, the landlord and tenant should conduct a walk through of the location and note any existing damages, go over the amount of the security deposit, and the conditions in which the deposit will be returned or withheld.

Details of the Rent

It is important to know the amount of rent you will be paying, the date the rent is due, the manner in which it is paid, and the penalties for late payment or no payment.

Discuss Any Tenant Limitations such as:

.The use of the property for a specific type of business.

.How many people can reside in the property.

.Whether or not pets are allowed in the property.

.Any other use of the property that may not be assumed by the other party.

.What each party’s rights and responsibilities are under the lease.

The most serious, and generally undesirable, option in landlord and tenant law disputes is eviction. A tenant facing eviction should contact a tenant attorney. Eviction is not the only way to terminate a lease agreement. Landlord and tenant laws or the lease agreement may provide options for early termination or non-renewal of the lease upon its natural expiration.

Whether the landlord and tenant dispute is over a residential or commercial lease, the result of an eviction filing, a question about co-signer liability, the return of a security deposit, or any other matter both the landlord and tenant have rights provided by the law. Landlord and tenant attorneys will be able to provide an explanation of the legal rights of landlords and tenants.