Landlord / Tenant and Real Estate Attorneys in Wichita, Kansas
Landlord-tenant disputes are disagreements that arise between the person renting a property (the tenant) and the owner of that property (the landlord). These disputes can cover a wide range of issues, from rent and security deposits to repairs and maintenance. It's essential to know your rights and responsibilities, whether you're the one renting or the one letting out the property. Our office represents both landlords and tenants in landlord/tenant matters. Our office knows firsthand that landlord/tenant matters can be complicated. For most landlord/tenant matters our office offers flat fees so you know how much it will cost to handle your legal issue upfront. If you are in the Wichita, Kansas, area and are facing a landlord/tenant dispute, reach out to us today for support.
Common Types of Disputes
There's a lot that can go wrong in a rental agreement. Here are a few of the most common types of disputes that pop up between landlords and tenants.
Rent and Security Deposits
The most common disputes often revolve around money. Rent issues can include disputes over late payments, increases in rent, or even non-payment. Security deposit disputes usually occur when a landlord withholds a portion or all of the deposit for reasons that the tenant believes are unjustified.
Repairs and Maintenance
Another hotbed for disputes is the condition of the property. Tenants may complain about necessary repairs not being carried out timely or adequately by the landlord. On the other hand, landlords may argue that tenants have caused damage beyond normal wear and tear.
Here are common issues we help solve:
Evictions (3-Day, 30-Day, 14/30, Homeowners Notice, etc.)
Real Estate matters
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If you're a tenant or a landlord facing some form of disagreement or dispute, it's important that you understand your rights and options. It's an unfortunate but common part of the rental process.
So, what can you do if you find yourself in the middle of a landlord-tenant dispute? Here are a few strategies to consider.
The first and often most effective step in resolving a dispute is simply to talk it out. Clear, open communication can resolve many misunderstandings before they escalate into more significant issues.
If communication doesn't work, you might want to consider mediation. This involves a neutral third party who helps both sides reach a resolution. It's less formal than court, and often quicker and cheaper.
If all else fails, you might have to take the dispute to court. This should be your last resort, as it's often costly and time-consuming. But in some cases, it may be necessary to protect your rights.
In conclusion, landlord-tenant disputes are a common part of renting. But by understanding your rights and responsibilities and knowing how to handle disputes effectively, you can make the rental process much smoother. Remember, communication is key, and there are always options available to help resolve any issues that arise.