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Protecting your interests as a landlord

On Behalf of | May 4, 2024 | Real estate transactions |

It can be profitable to own rental property. For many, it is an easy way to earn passive income, but it is key to have stable relationships with tenants. Issues with the people living in your rental properties could become something much more involved than a simple inconvenience. It is important that all landlords know how to protect their interests, particularly in the event of a dispute with a tenant. 

If you own rental property, it is in your interests to take steps to learn what is necessary to shield your legal interests and reduce the chance of a lawsuit from a tenant. There is often much more involved with owning rental property than simply having a residential property and locating a tenant. Taking the time to learn these things before you sign any agreement can significantly reduce your chance of complications that can cost you time and money. 

What are the most common problems? 

One of the most common sources of issues between landlords and tenants involves the terms of the lease agreement. It is important that these contracts be as clear as possible, leaving no room for misinterpretation or confusion. When problems arise, a careful review of the contract is necessary, and it may provide insight into a solution. However, it may be necessary to take legal steps to resolve the matter. Other common reasons why disputes between landlords and tenants arise include: 

  • Maintenance issues 
  • Privacy concerns 
  • Accusations of housing discrimination 
  • Termination of tenancy 

Even though you may own the property, there are limits to what you can do with your property while there is a tenant residing there. For example, you cannot enter the premises without notification. As the landlord, you must have a valid reason for terminating a lease, and you must also address any safety hazards or maintenance issues within a timely manner. 

Protecting your property rights 

If you have concerns about your property rights and how you can protect your interests as a Tennessee landlord, you will benefit from seeking the guidance of an experienced professional. From contract review to addressing disputes, there are steps you can take that will allow you to reduce the chance that a conflict will arise and that you have to pursue legal action to resolve it.