Small Landlords: Get the Legal Help You Need Before Tenants Become Problems

Small Landlords: Get the Legal Help You Need Before Tenants Become Problems

Carrie Pallardy
Carrie Pallardy
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Like lawyers, landlords have a bad reputation. Tenants worry about being discriminated against or unfairly evicted, fears that were alive well before the COVID-19 pandemic. While these fears are not unfounded, many landlords are decent business owners with no desire to mistreat their tenants.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of people out of work, making it a struggle to pay rent. The federal eviction moratorium has been extended through June 30, but what has happened to the landlords who have not been receiving rent payments?

Millions of properties across the U.S. are behind on rental payments, and approximately half of those properties are owned by small landlords. These are not large management companies or banks; these are people who rely on the rent as income.

Don't try to deal with  bad tenants yourself. They may know the legal rules better than you do, and end up costing you time, energy and money. 

Evictions
With a moratorium on evictions still in effect, landlords do not have many options to force a tenant out, regardless of how much they may owe in back rent. But, eviction bans have specific rules. For example, tenants need to provide their landlords a signed declaration to put a stop to eviction proceedings.

But, what happens if a tenant stays past their lease end-date without payment? What if the tenant is damaging the property or presenting a threat to the other people who live in the building?

There are no easy answers to these questions, particularly during the pandemic. A lawyer that specializes in property issues can help landlords understand the legal rights of their tenants and their rights as landlords. If an eviction is possible under current regulations, a lawyer can help a landlord through that process.

Property Damage
In response to the financial pressure of the pandemic and the inability of many tenants to pay rent, some small landlords are opting to delay maintenance on their properties.

Property damage issues are one of the common disputes between landlords and tenants. It is possible tenants may attempt to sue a landlord if they feel failure to maintain the building damages their property. For example, a leaky roof could cause damage to a tenant’s belongings.

If a landlord finds themselves in this position, it is likely they will need a lawyer to help them determine how to best respond and manage a potential small claims court case.  

Property Taxes
While rent payment is deferred, small landlords face the issues of mortgage payments and property taxes. A study examining the impact of the pandemic on landlords in Albany and Rochester, New York found that 5 to 10 percent of small landlords missed property tax payments.

Some areas have offered property tax relief, such as an extended deadline, during the pandemic. With diminished or no rent coming in and property taxes due, small landlords are facing a difficult situation. A lawyer may be able to answer questions about how to approach paying property taxes.

The pandemic has put landlords and tenants in a difficult position. And, there remain significant concerns about how small landlords and the tenants they house will ultimately be affected by the economic damage caused by COVID-19. Landlords may find answers to their questions and a way to move forward with the help of an experienced lawyer. 


This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.
 
Carrie Pallardy

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