Landlord Tenant Law
Regardless of whether you're a landlord or a tenant, it's important to remember both have certain rights, obligations and protections under the law. Too often, a landlord or tenant will decide to take matters into his or her own hands, resulting in violations of the law and exposure to fines, eviction and civil litigation.
Don't Make Things Worse: Call Us First
At The Law Office of Thomas W. Martin, LLC, we inform our clients of their rights and obligations, taking legal action to protect their interests without getting them in further trouble. Next, we carefully review the terms of their leases or contracts in order to determine if there is any language binding on them or the other parties in regard to repairing the problems at hand.
Our law firm counsels and represents clients in regard to the following:
- Property damage
- Collection of unpaid rent
- Suspected illegal activity
- Return of security deposit
- Insect or rodent infestation
- Turning on heat in a building
- Violations of tenant occupancy
- Unlawful entry into an apartment
- Failure to conduct required repairs
Don't act without thinking or contacting an experienced lawyer — contact our firm in Fort Collins, Colorado, today. How you react to a problem within the first few days or so will often determine whether you face additional legal troubles later.
'Going Rogue' Can Cost You Later
Problems between landlords and tenants tend to escalate when one party tries to resolve an issue outside appropriate legal channels by using "self-help." However, once a landlord violates the rights of a tenant, he or she is subject to fines and all kinds of legal liability. Alternately, no matter how justified a tenant may believe he or she is in not paying a late fee or in withholding rent, he or she may be subject to eviction if proscribed legal procedures for solving a problem are not followed.
When lease disputes, eviction notices or complaints regarding the disrepair of property surface, it's essential that you contact my office first before doing anything. Even if a tenant has clearly violated the terms of his or her lease, you cannot simply enter the apartment or change the locks on the door. Likewise, even if your landlord has failed to turn on the heat in your building or refuses to repair a leaking pipe, you can't simply withhold rent payments.