Dealing with a Difficult Landlord

Dealing with a Difficult Landlord

On 04, May, 2017

Running a business requires day-to-day operations aside from the actual work your company does. From managing employees to maintaining an office space, there are certain office tasks you were never trained to deal with and have to learn on the spot–like interacting with a landlord who’s not so easy to talk to. So what happens when you find yourself in this particular situation? Read over these steps to help you solve your landlord issues and get back to business.

Keep Your Cool

It would be easy to approach a situation involving a bad landlord with contempt, making less effort to pay rent on time or keep up with cleaning your property. However, the old southern saying you catch more flies with honey than vinegar is a valuable lesson for addressing conflict with a difficult landlord. 

Acting out is not going to make your landlord any more helpful in the long run. Your negative actions to get your landlord’s attention may only hurt your business’s credit score and give you less credibility. Instead of letting your frustration get the best of you, continue to act responsibly and respectfully, and do your best to be a great tenant. At the very least, you’ll sleep well at night knowing you’re holding up your end of the deal. At most, if your landlord actually becomes aggressive and the situation ends up in court, you’ll most certainly come out on top because you haven’t done anything wrong.

Communication Is Key

Communication is critical when dealing with a difficult landlord. Although it might seem excessive, whatever you can do to ensure there is no miscommunication on your part is a good idea. Keeping all communication documented might be the key to solving your conflict. Sending your checks through registered mail and direct bank transfers will provide proof that you paid on time. Taking photos of any physical damage to your space will equip you with proper evidence if legal action becomes the necessary next step.

Know Your Legal Rights

Unfortunately, some conflicts can’t be solved without lawyers. Laws for commercial tenants vary by state, so make sure you review the laws in your area. In Alabama, for example, tenants are allowed to sue landlords in small claims court for a return of their deposit up to $3,000. If taking legal measures becomes necessary, make sure you review the policies pertaining to your issue and find a lawyer who is familiar with tenant regulations.

The terms and conditions of commercial leases are not as structured as most residential leases. Knowing the specific terms of your agreement will refresh you on the policies that you and your landlord agreed upon. Don’t let a difficult landlord hurt the success of your business. The next time you have a dispute with an irresponsible landlord, remember this advice to guide your steps.

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