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TAKING YOUR LANDLORD TO COURT

There are some instances when it comes to lease agreements or lease extension agreements and landlords where things will just go wrong. If your landlord is not returning your deposit, if there is something really wrong with the property and he refuses to fix it or if there is an issue with rent control, then all of these things might need to go through court. Taking your landlord to court should be the final option as it is going to be expensive for both of you. However, if you have run out of options, then this is really all you can do.

Speaking to Real Estate Lawyers

Before filing to court there are several other things you can do. Start by communicating. Talk to your landlord about the problem. If he is not listening or not interested in communicating, try writing a letter to get his attention. If this still isn't working you might look at holding off on the rent until something is fixed or he agrees to talk about the problem. It is your right to have a say and have the problem fixed just like it is his right to be paid on time with the rent.

If you have tried communication and it just isn't working, then you can try speaking to a mediator about it. A real estate lawyer can advise you on the best way to go about this and can help you fix the problem without having to go through court. A real estate lawyer will be on your side and will represent you as you are the one paying him. However, they will also tell you honestly if you have a case, if you are in the right and what the best options are to proceed.

Court Fees and Other Considerations

The biggest problem with going to court over a real estate rent issue is that is it really expensive. You can expect to owe a lot of money in legal and court fees which you can try to get your landlord to pay, if you win the case. If not, then you could be looking at a heavy loss that is most likely much more than what you were even initially fighting over.

However, going to court can also send a message to your landlord that this type of behavior is not acceptable. Your landlord's reputation may be tarnished and he should learn a valuable lesson about how to treat customers and tenants. If he does lose then he is looking at a serious fine and will most likely need to pay the court fees as well.

Deciding to take your landlord to court should never be a decision you make on your own. You should always discuss it with a real estate lawyer first. A good lawyer will advise you against this unless it is completely necessary, even though they will get paid more by suggesting that you do go to court.

If you are taking your landlord to court you need to dress appropriately. Image counts for a lot in the court room. You also need to refrain by speaking your mind. Instead, go over the testimony with your lawyer and stick to the scrip. This is why you have hired someone to help you through this and it is important that you take their advice. The legal system is complicated and intimidating and thus you don't want to get it wrong and end up losing the case just because you have said the wrong thing or done the wrong thing.

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