Solving Landlord / Tenant Disputes
Avoid The Drama
Issues between tenants and landlords are not uncommon. Miscommunication is a primary reason for these disputes, however steps can be taken to proactively diffuse tensions before they are unnecessarily blown out of proportion.
First, knowing the law and placing your own terms in a contract before leasing are important for both the tenant and the landlord. As a landlord, you must have a deep understanding of tenant rights such that you are not overstepping any laws. Every aspect of the lease is important and must be clearly written – such as who is responsible for certain kinds of damage. As such, lengthy contracts, while cumbersome, can be preferable in their comprehensive scope.
For both sides, documentation of an incident(s) is crucial. Calls, e-mails or any other kinds of evidence that can be helpful to a case should be carefully stored and ready to be shared.
Many differences can be settled right away without landlord or tenant having to go to court. Professional mediation, one of Squabble’s cornerstone features, allows for the facts to be displayed and assessed by a neutral third party who can then facilitate an agreement amenable by both sides. In the unlikely event that this does not occur, our app has built in “Squash™” and “Auto-Squash™” features that allow the dispute to be auto-filed in Small Claims Court in the appropriate jurisdiction.
Disputes between landlord and tenants are inevitable, but Squabble has now made them as hassle-free as possible.