For more than 30 years, Brady Law has specialized in landlord representation, often in the District Court. He has continually represented some of these landlord clients for these entire decades. These are landlords who rent large numbers of units as well as the landlord who only rents one unit. The concepts, laws, and issues are the same. Here are some objectives, repeatedly encountered, that may be helpful for you to achieve:
Stay out of Court
The successful landlord is one who, generally, does not have court cases. Poorly represented landlords seem to bump into legal problems and tenant issues one right after another. This means one messy situation after another, but your landlord business does not have to be like that. Here is some helpful advice to consider.
- Develop “standard operating procedures” or policies for receiving and responding to tenancy situations, such as prospective new clients, tenant complaints, lease violations, tenant-created nuisances, narcotics, non-payment of rent, unregistered occupants, unregistered pets, and upkeep issues, etc. Attorney Brady can help you develop rules of how exactly you will deal with and solve legal issues that arise from time-to-time. All of this is simply part of your business; it is a prudent part.
- Your goal here is to take care of things amicably, before a situation “blows up” and gets out-of-hand. Attorney Brady employs his skills to work with you towards these goals.
- Make sure that you have a superior lease form and other important documents that you employ. Attorney Brady helps you to develop these documents in order to protect yourself.
- Many landlords have difficulties in Court because they have failed to properly document, record, and prepare for legal situations. For example, what happens when you have two tenants in a unit, husband and wife. They both signed a one-year lease with you. One day, the husband comes in your office. He states they are getting a divorce, he’s moving out, and surrenders his keys to you. What do you do in response? Have the wife reapply for tenancy in her own name? Do not accept the keys, telling the husband that his divorce is his business and does not impose any duty upon you to contractually alter the lease terms that both tenants previously signed? Accept the keys but tell the husband he is still responsible? Refuse the keys? After this encounter, should you write, date, and sign a letter to husband and wife confirming what action you have taken about the request to be released? Later, the husband may testify as to what he thinks (or wants to think) you did. This may be inaccurate. Such a suggested letter in Court could help you in proving your case.
- Ask questions, identify problems before they are uncontrollable, and realize you don’t know exactly how to proceed so you can get help.
Contact Attorney Brady
Inform Attorney Brady of troublesome tenants and situations before he goes to Court on your behalf. You do not wish your attorney to be ambushed by legal problems that he does not know of. Again, you want to be prepared!
Be prepared, in advance of the court hearing.
Your appearance at Court, moments before your case is to be heard, is not the time to figure out with your attorney the case background and facts or what is owed by the tenant. This needs to be figured out long before being at Court. You and your attorney need to walk into the courtroom, both fully prepared. Perhaps documents need to be marked for entry. Perhaps an exhibit showing the tenant financial account history is needed, which streamlines the required testimony. This needs to be prepared before appearing at Court. All of this needs to be worked out in advance. Attorney Brady will also help you in preparation for your own testimony.
If you want such a productive landlord attorney-client relationship, then make it happen. Call Attorney Brady’s office now for an initial conference.