Usually, landlords have the upper-hand. Tenants don’t want to jeopardize: 1. being evicted; 2. left without a home; and, 3. facing the landlord’s lawyer without the finances for their own. This is intimidating and unfair. Our “Advocacy” section is devoted to p roviding helpful information to tenants to help them recognize and defend their rights.
Many landlords feel they are in charge of the property, and therefore in charge of the tenant. This is a serious misconception. When a landlord rents a property to a tenant, they are also allowing them control of that property, to use without interference.
As tenant advocates, we aim to provide answers that may assist with all landlord-tenant matters, including everyday grievances.
It’s always best to try and reach an agreement with the landlord for whatever issues that may exist. However, there are times when communication or agreements are not available.
In the event there is a breakdown in communication with the landlord, or there may be situations where the landlord’s actions are questionable, the information in this section may be useful.