Generally speaking, landlords and tenants have the same objective – to have a legal situation that provides income for the landlord and quality housing for the tenant. While many landlord-tenant relationships work out without problems, there are disputes that can arise. If you fail to address a landlord-tenant dispute, it can have serious legal consequences for one or both parties.
The VanNoy Firm understands the importance of resolving landlord-tenant issues as efficiently as possible. We represent both landlords and tenants, and our landlord and tenant law attorneys know how to stand up for your rights under the lease agreement and the law. Contact our office to learn how we can help in your situation.
When a landlord alleges that a tenant has violated the lease agreement by not paying rent, engaging in unlawful activity, or destruction of property, among others, the landlord may want to initiate eviction proceedings. A tenant has the right to defend against the eviction and show they did not violate the lease or they rectified the violation, such as by catching up with rent payments.
Landlords cannot simply evict a tenant on their own – instead, they must file a lawsuit and obtain an eviction order from the proper court. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it is important to be fully prepared when you are in court. You will need to present evidence to prove violations of either party, and it is important to have the right legal representation for your eviction case. There is too much at stake to risk losing your case.
The law prohibits discrimination in housing based on protected factors, including race, sex, religion, and more. If a tenant believes a landlord engaged in unlawful discrimination or retaliation, they can bring a case before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Whether you are bringing a case or defending against landlord discrimination allegations, you need the right attorney on your side during this process.
Landlords need to ensure their buildings are up to code and that necessary repairs are completed in a timely manner. Tenants have the right to have a safe and habitable environment in which to live, and they can take action when the condition of the home falls below standards. This can include withholding rent, paying for repairs on their own and deducting the cost of repairs from the rent, or bringing a legal claim against the landlord. Whether you have concerns about your housing condition or have been accused of building code or lease violations, you should discuss the matter with a skilled landlord-tenant lawyer as soon as possible.
The VanNoy Firm knows how important a strong landlord-tenant relationship can be for both parties. A dispute can result in liability for a landlord, the loss of a home for a tenant, and more. If you have any issues with your tenant or landlord, please contact us for the legal assistance you need today.
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