As a general rule, the balance of power between tenants and landlords lies with the landlord. This can leave some tenants feeling vulnerable to neglect or willful wrongdoing by the property owner. Many landlords abide by the minimum standards for local and state habitability standards but there are some who put profit ahead of legal responsibility.
Contingency fee attorneys, like Tenant Law Action, play a critical role in providing access to justice and helping tenants realize their full rights.
These matters typically aren’t due to a broken latch, lease question, or other one-off issues, they are matters that build up and unfold over a long period of time.
Tenant Law Action can help seek restitution for tenant habitability issues and personal injury claims. Before that long process can begin, the tenant needs to create a clear record of communication and detailed list of grievances with the landlord. This is a critical aid to our firm’s investigation and the ensuing legal process. It also provides you, the tenant, with a vital timeline of events and is the very first step for you to better know your rights and advocate for yourself.
As part of empowering self-advocacy, creating a clear record of communications and efforts to persuade a landlord to resolve problems is paramount for the tenant. Guiding clients through the process of self-advocacy both engages them in their case and empowers them to make difficult decisions in response to inadequate resolutions, or lack thereof, to their efforts. Oftentimes this means abandoning their home.
- Summary of past events.
- Action requested to be taken.
- Statement of impact on how your quality of life has been negatively impacted to gain empathy from the landlord.
Remember, it’s important to be clear, straightforward and without as much hostility as possible. The ultimate result is a peaceful resolution with the landlord and a fix to the problems or aid for the injuries you’ve suffered. With Tenant Law Action’s help, you will be able to address your landlord in your own voice and get a better sense of your rights in this matter and all the options to come to a resolution.