Landlord Tenant Disputes

Landlord and tenant laws differ from state to state. 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, property maintenance, or any other matter arising from the parties’ lease agreement, both the landlord and tenant have rights provided by the law. Excellent resources are available digitally and in print of you want to handle things yourself

Landlord-tenant lease breach disputes are so common that you may require the help of an attorney.



  • Rent/lease agreements should be properly defined, written and signed by both parties
  • Registration of these documents is a must
  • Most landlords are better off if they enter into Leave and License agreements with the tenants. These should preferably be of shorter duration – say, not more than 11 months.
  • At the first instance of an occupant acting out of line by not depositing rent or not following instructions like making changes in the building without taking consent, the owner should get an indication that he needs to be shown the door out of his property
  • If at all a legal notice sent to residents is not yielding result, then law has provisions for setting up of various rent courts all across the country for bringing them to court for conviction
  • Property disputes lawyers suggest that you should enter into sound agreements with your tenants so that your legitimate rights stay protected. Even if you have to engage in a Power of Attorney agreement with some friend or relative for the tenancy, make sure it is only a specific POA and not a general one.
  • It is always advised to get your tenants registered with local police stations. In some places this registration is necessary and in others it needn’t be mandatory. It is better to do this.
  • Property agreements need to be renewed as and when required. Rental payments should frequently be checked.