How to deal with a difficult landlord

You've called, you've written letters, you've emailed, you even texted. Your furnace is broken, the toilet leaks, and the kitchen sink is growling at you. But nothing happens.

Week after week, month after month, it's always the same. NO RESPONSE! What can you do? Real estate expert John Adams give us some ideas on how to get some action.

1. Read The Lease Before You Sign

The lease details almost everything about your relationship with your landlord, yet most people never read their lease.

2. Know the Law

Under Georgia law, the primary responsibility of the tenant is to PAY RENT, while the primary responsibility of the landlord is to MAKE REPAIRS. In the eyes if the law, the two are not linked, so don't try to withhold rent as a method of forcing the landlord to do something.

3. Keep A Paper Trail

Document everything in writing. Take photos of everything with time date stamps. If you end up having to go into court, you want to make sure you can prove that everything you did long the way was reasonable and appropriate.

4. Pay Your Rent On Time

Tenants who pay on time are much more valuable to a landlord than a tenant who is often late. By paying your rent, you have strengthened your position and are much more likely to get action.

5. Never Lose Your Temper

Be polite, even if the landlord is not being polite to you. No shouting, no threats, no attempts at intimidation. Be aware that you may be being recorded without your knowledge. Temper tantrums can later be used against you to show that you were being unreasonable. Instead, be persistent and consistent in your requests.

6. Be Prepared to Give a Little

Always view the legal system as a last resort. Most often, the courts are going to side with the landlord, but know that the landlord does NOT want to make a case out of your issue. Instead, look for a mutually satisfactory solution.


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