Some landlords behave as if they have the right to do whatever they wish on a property simply because they own it. They might fail to meet their obligations, threaten eviction with little notice for the smallest infraction, or attempt to charge fees that aren't mentioned in the lease. However, tenants have legal rights, and there are many situations in which an attorney can defend them.
3 Times You Need a Tenant's Rights Attorney
1. You're the Subject of Housing Discrimination
Under federal law, it’s illegal for landlords to discriminate against potential tenants due to race, religion, skin color, national origin, sex, disability, or familial status. If you believe you are a victim of housing discrimination, an attorney can negotiate with the property owner to resolve the issue or pursue civil litigation to collect damages.
2. You're Facing Eviction
Federal, state, and local laws require landlords to give tenants several options when facing eviction. If you plan to fight the process, hiring an attorney can improve your chance of success significantly. If your landlord is trying to evict you without going through the proper court procedures, your legal representative could stop them in their tracks.
3. Your Landlord Refuses to Make Repairs
Every landlord is required by law to provide a habitable living space that meets basic requirements. While painting the walls or even fixing a closet door might not be required, there are repairs that must be addressed immediately, such as a broken window or serious plumbing problem. Most states allow tenants to take matters into their own hands by making the repairs themselves or withholding rent. Speaking to an attorney before attempting one of these actions will ensure you handle the situation correctly.
Edward E. Dove, Attorney at Law is an accomplished legal professional in Lexington, KY, with over 30 years of experience protecting the rights of tenants in disputes with landlords. To discuss your case and schedule a consultation, call (859) 252-0020. Visit the firm’s website to learn more about the attorney and his other practice areas.