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Common reasons for tenancy disputes

As a landlord, even when you conduct the most thorough checks for finding your new tenants there’s no telling when a dispute could arise. Unfortunately, they do happen and when they aren’t resolved quickly this can lead to more serious problems.

Here are three of the most common reasons for tenancy disputes and how you can resolve them.

Unpaid rent

When you put up a property for rent you expect to receive your agreed rental payment on time. However, it’s not uncommon for tenants to miss payments or underpay on rent and when this happens on more than one occasion it’s likely to end in a dispute. As soon as you notice a missed payment contact your letting agency (if you’re using one) or the tenants directly and ask what’s happened. It could be a change in employment or long-term illness that has caused the problem, so getting to the root of the issue is important. 

Grey areas in the tenancy agreement

You must have a professional tenancy agreement written up or there could be confusion with the terms. Make sure the facts you have written are very clear to understand so there is no grey area or anything that could be misinterpreted or misunderstood.

Property damage

Wear and tear are going to happen in a property, especially for long-term tenants but when your property is severely damaged this is not acceptable. There is often an argument that the damage was already there and not caused by the tenant, but if you know this is not true you may need to take further action. Be sure to take pictures of your property at the start of each tenancy so you have evidence and encourage tenants to report damage as soon as it happens.

We’re on hand to provide legal support and guidance for your tenancy dispute. We understand how stressful it can be when problems arise with your tenants or property, so finding the best solution for your case is always our top priority. Hire a professional lawyer today and resolve your situation quickly. Get in touch today for more information.