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Mediating or Negotiating a Landlord-Tenant Dispute - What Every Tenant Should Know

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Landlord-Tenant Dispute

Naperville landlord-tenant dispute lawyersLiving under the roof of another person can require a lot of compromises - but what can you do if compromise fails, or if your landlord refuses to hear your side of thing? Tenants often assume that a lawsuit is the answer, but this method is usually both complex and expensive. Thankfully, there are other tools and resources that tenants can use to resolve issues with their landlords. Learn more about them in the following sections, and discover how a seasoned Naperville real estate lawyer can help you resolve your landlord-tenant dispute.

Negotiating a Settlement with Your Landlord 

Many landlord-tenant issues can be resolved through a negotiation - a process in which parties compromise to reach a suitable resolution. You can do this with or without a mediator (an unbiased third-party that can help you and your landlord reach a suitable agreement). To increase your chances of success in the process, try a few of these helpful hints:

Know what you want out of the process - Do you want to end your lease? Would you like to stay in your place of residence but need your landlord to follow through with their end of the lease agreement? What are you willing to give up or do in order to make the compromise work?

Listen to your landlord's side of the story - People are often more willing to compromise when they feel their side is being heard, so no matter how trivial or inflammatory their view seems, give them to speak. Resist the urge to interrupt and, once they are finished speaking, state that you understand and respect their position and repeat their concerns.

State your points respectfully but stand your ground - Once your landlord has said their piece, it is time to express your own concerns. You may be agitated after hearing their side, but it is critical that you speak courteously and avoid personal attacks. Anything else could cause your points to be lost in the conflict and therefore stall the negotiations. Just also remember to know when and how the law applies to your situation and stand your ground (an attorney can help).

When to File a Lawsuit Against Your Landlord

While it may be possible negotiate or mediate most landlord-tenant issues, there are situations in which a lawsuit may be appropriate, perhaps necessary even. Examples might include discrimination based on sex, gender, or age. You may also need to file suit if your landlord has broken the law. Otherwise, it may suit you better if you choose to pursue negotiation or mediation.

Contact Our Seasoned Naperville Real Estate Lawyers

Tenants who are experiencing a dispute with their landlord need a strong advocate that understands the law and how it applies to their situation. Lindell & Tessitore, P.C. can offer you this seasoned assistance. Schedule a personalized consultation with our Naperville real estate lawyers by calling 630-778-3818 today.



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