If you enter in to a residential landlord-tenant relationship, whether you are the tenant or landlord, it is important to be knowledgeable about the laws that govern the relationship. Here are just a few tips you can use to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are prepared in the unfortunate event that a dispute arises in the relationship.
There are some general principles that both landlords and tenants should keep in mind. It may seem like a given, but it is crucial that, as a landlord, you prepare your leases with care and attention to detail. Similarly, as a tenant, the same care should be used in reading over the agreement before you sign – and remember, never sign anything you haven’t read.
While there are many basic lease templates available, each property and situation is unique and should be approached accordingly. Laws vary depending upon not only the intended use of the building (commercial v.s. residential), but also the type of property (e.g., house, apartment, or mobile home). There are items that according to law must be included in, or provided in addition to the lease. These include:
Once the lease is signed, a relationship is formed between the landlord and tenant. For the duration of this relationship it’s important to remember that at its core, it’s a business relationship and should be treated as such. Here are some tips regarding correspondence which will benefit both parties if issues arise.
Hopefully these easy tips will help you feel more confident no matter what side of the lease you’re on. To read more, check out our blog and our website page on landlord-tenant laws.
Please note that the preceding information is informational only, and is not intended to be legal advice. If you, or someone you know is facing a landlord-tenant issue, or any other real estate legal matter, contact the experienced Tucson attorneys at Harlow Spanier & Heckele PLLC. (520) 495-0869 or [email protected]
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