THREE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE SMALL CLAIMS COURT MAY BE A TENANT’S BEST OPTION
While it’s not unusual for a dispute to arise between a landlord and tenant, most disagreements can be resolved by an email, phone call, or in person conversation. In certain extreme cases of egregious landlord conduct, however, a tenant’s only hope for a resolution may be by way of formal legal proceedings. We generally recommend that any tenant on the receiving end of such egregious conduct contact a tenant rights attorney before going to court. All too often, tenants who sue their landlords while still residing in their rental unit find themselves subject to retaliatory unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuits. Tenants in these situations often find themselves fighting two separate legal battles simultaneously—one for damages and the other to stay in their home. For this reason, it’s generally in the tenant’s best interest to wait until after moving out to initiate legal proceedings of any kind...
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