Have you ever called your landlord to ask them to perform basic repairs that are needed in your unit? Does your landlord ignore your calls or fail to reply to your requests? If you take a look at the website BiggerPockets.com, you’ll find that your issue is more common than you might think. Although the website is geared towards property owners who “create lasting wealth through real estate,” it also contains an active forum where landlords go to gripe about the quality of tenants.
Posts about tenants who “complain about the smallest things,” from missing lightbulbs to drug addicts scrummaging through their garbage cans, can be found all over the Landlord Forum and Rental Property Questions section of the website, along with responses from other landlords that often advise to “stop responding to petty complaints.”
The website is proof of what many tenants eventually come to find out: your landlord is not your buddy. The landlord-tenant relationship is imbalanced because the landlord holds all of the power and only needs to provide few basic necessities to satisfy their obligation under the law. While the renter is forced to please the landlord, the landlord has no reason to please or appease the tenant, especially if they find the tenant objectionable and hope to find a better one for the unit.
Why You Need a Lawyer
As a tenant, you view your unit as a home, while your landlord sees it as an investment, which means their goal is to maximize profits, not necessarily ensure you’re happy with the quality of your living space. This is why it is crucial to consult with an experienced tenant rights lawyer if you are involved in a dispute with your landlord.
Our lawyers at Tenant Law Group, PC can help you with any of the following cases:
- Wrongful Eviction
- Landlord Harassment
- Failure to Repair
- Fair Employment & Housing Act Violations
- Rent Board Hearings