How rent issues arise?
Before any rental unit is secured and a lease is signed, rent should be negotiated between the tenant and landlord. When these negotiations occur the rent cost should be based on what the tenants get out of the property. That can include maintenance of the property, security of the property and utilities.
Rent issues stem from an arrangement when rent is raised without notice, or raised by a large number. When rent is agreed upon, it should be a final sum. It can not be increased with notice, nor can it be left unpaid in a healthy tenancy agreement. However, if the landlord-tenant relationship is unhealthy and transparency over rent is an issue it becomes a legal matter and needs to be resolved.
What can you do?
Ultimately, rent issues need to be resolved. If they can’t be resolved through simple communication, they may need to be seen in court. Although the situation can go to court, you don’t always need a civil litigation lawyer to represent you.
More often than not, these issues can be settled by the landlords and tenants themselves. This is the most cost-efficient way to resolve issues in rent. Simple communication and transparency can go a long way in resolving these issues. Discussing an issue with your landlord that you think is unfair, or talking to your tenant about rent they owe is a fair and just approach through a lease.
If talking with one another does not work then the court could be on the horizon. However, keep in mind that hiring a litigant can be too cost-prohibitive for a matter where money is already the main focus. Instead, applying to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a hearing is usually the best course of action.
Referencing the Landlord and Tenant Board can provide insight into any situation before seeking court resolution. However, if the court is the only option, there is an alternative available to you. If you are unable to represent yourself, having a paralegal represent your case in court can provide professional representation at an affordable price.
Things to keep in mind
The Landlord and Tenant Board is in place to ensure that the rights and responsibilities of both parties are accessible. The Board’s website has a wealth of resources regarding rent issues and steps to take for both parties should the tenancy agreement fall through over rent.
Tenants rights are incredibly important in any tenancy agreement. Because of this, the government has created many resources to ensure that the tenant is protected. However, the landlord also has rights and are protected as well. The Landlord and Tenant Board covers any issue that may arise. They can be contacted, and you can apply to have a hearing through them. They also have the forms necessary to file, should rent cause an irreparable issue within the tenancy relationship.
The Commercial Tenancy Act (CTA) is another easily accessible and vital resource for both the landlord and tenant. This is the bread and butter for legal matters regarding a commercial tenancy agreement. Also, it further covers the rights and responsibilities of both parties in greater depth.
Hummingbird Lawyers’ Civil Litigation team can stand up for you and ensure you come to an effective and pragmatic solution. Contact Hummingbird Lawyers today to request a consultation to learn what your next steps should be.