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Guide to Landlord/Tenant Relations

  1. Be clear about your landlord/tenant agreement. Many landlords and tenants end up in court as a result of genuine misunderstandings about their agreements. The best time to clarify your expectations is at the beginning of the landlord tenant relationship. In addition to factors like payment amount and due date, be sure to discuss your late fees, if any, payment for utilities, the number of individuals to live in the unit, pets, painting, subleasing, whether the landlord may have a key to the premises, and any other issues that are important to you. Then… 
  2. Put your agreement in writing. It makes good sense to put your agreements in writing. Many parties hesitate to put their agreements in writing, because they fear that a lease