Make payments on time. Out of all things considered, this could be one the most important things to remember to avoid such common disputes as not paying the rent or not paying on time, which can result in certain penalty fees and even an eviction proceeding. On the contrary, if you feel like you’ve been over-charged based on deceptive practices or if you see extra sur-charges (not mentioned in the contract), you may have legal rights and leverage to demand fair treatment with adherence to the contract. Once you feel like there have been unethical rules and fees arising from an unfair rent/lease or mortgage contract, you have legal rights to speak to an attorney on how to protect yourself and to prevent or reverse unreasonable, unjustified fees.
Don’t cause property damage. Any type of property damage (whether it’s an apartment, house, office, warehouse or a store) is normally a premise to have a negative case that may cost you not just your security deposit but also a lot more in repairs. Of course, in this case, it’s always smart to have property or legal insurance that can cover such things. However, if someone else causes damage to your property, you would have certain legal rights that enable you to have restitution with proper claims to repair the damage without incurring costs. It also depends on what type of property insurance both parties have, in which case it can either help the case or complicate it. If you ever find yourself in a more involved property damage, whether it’s from your doing or someone else’s, consider consulting with a knowledgeable lawyer who’d be able to help your case to save you stress, time and money.
Read the small / detailed font. Lastly, you should always pay attention to the detailed or small font (how they call it) where sometimes landlords may hide certain legal terms that work in their own favor. It’s not uncommon to have a legal professional look at some of those convoluted terms to try to debunk them so you can clearly understand what you are signing up for. If you don’t understand certain legal terms or if the landlord-tenant contract is too complex, it’s always a good idea to consult with a legal professional who knows real estate law.
Note: Information on this page is for general information purposes only. Nothing in this blog should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. Furthermore, information herein is not intended to create nor in any way constitute an attorney-client relationship. For any specific situations, please consult with your licensed attorney.