Whether you are just becoming a landlord or are a seasoned pro, it is always wise to remain prepared for a serious dispute with your tenants. For new landlords, learning about potential landlord-tenant disputes may save you from unexpected legal entanglements. For experienced landlords, staying apprised about trending disputes can keep you prepared for possible trouble.
The state of Florida has specific laws governing agreements between tenants and property owners. The more you know about these laws, the better you can address and overcome landlord-tenant disputes, and understanding the rights of your tenants can ensure that your dealings with them are above reproach.
Watch out for these common disputes with tenants
When you have responsible tenants, it can spoil you in many ways. You become accustomed to receiving your rent on time or feeling confident that your tenants will not wreck your property. Consider yourself lucky if you have tenants like this. At the same time, it is wise to remain prepared for legal disagreements like the ones below.
- Property damage: Unfortunately, some people have no regard for another person’s property. They may cause damage to your rental units or their contents (appliances, etc.) and then try to claim the damage already existed.
- Nonpayment of rent: Whether they will not or cannot pay, nonpayment is probably the most common landlord-tenant dispute. You have the right to receive the agreed-upon payment. When your tenant does not pay, a legal advocate may be able to help you collect your rent.
- Disturbing others: It is safe to say that those residing in homes adjacent to your rental units do not want to be disturbed by your tenants. If your tenants continue disturbing others despite requesting that they stop, you may need a legal remedy to resolve the situation.
Even the best landlord can encounter problems like these. Partnering with a law firm may help you find a proper solution if such a dispute does arise.