For both landlords and tenants, it’s easy for situations to get heated, especially when the rights of each aren’t clear. Real estate law can seem like the lines are gray, but when only evidence and documentation are taken into account, it is black and white. Even still, often times, because it is dealing with property rights and living space, it can involve emotional highs and lows.

Here are a few ways to handle landlord/tenant disputes well:

  • Know the real estate laws. This can help to clear up many disputes and misunderstandings in the landlord-tenant relationship.
  • Have the mindset to stay calm when dealing with the other party.
  • Talk about the issue in person. Emails, texts and phone calls can only help to leave room for more miscommunication.
  • After doing what you can to talk it out, if that doesn’t work, contact a professional mediator to help. Working with someone who knows real estate law, who is impartial and who is trained in mediation can make all the difference in the world.
  • Document everything. Use dated photos, emails to recap conversations in person, and handwritten notes to show the progression and communication throughout the dispute. If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.
  • Contact a real estate lawyer to review your case. A lawyer can counsel you on the law and review your case to see what your rights are.
  • As a last resort, go to the courts for litigation.

Throughout the whole process, even if you don’t need a lawyer to represent you, have a real estate lawyer for counsel. Daniel Pizarro specialises in real estate law and real estate contracts. Landlord/tenant disputes are a large part of the work he does. Find compassionate, quality legal service by contacting the Seattle office today for a free case consultation.