Common Disputes Between Landlords and Tenants

Common Disputes between Landlords and TenantsThere is a wide variety of common disputes between landlords and tenants. From rent payments to property damage, almost any problem a landlord or tenant has could be a potential legal issue. Please contact our experienced Buffalo landlord tenant lawyers today if you are having an issue.

Living Conditions

Landlords are required by law to provide tenants with livable, sanitary and safe living arrangements. This requirement is called the Warranty of Habitability. This means that hot water must be provided at all times, heating shall be provided for living areas during the cold season and the building must be kept secure and in reasonable condition. For example, a leaking roof, doors that won’t lock, rodent or insect infestation or faulty electrical wiring would likely violate the Warranty of Habitability.

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Not Paying Rent

In most leases, the tenants are required to make a periodic rental payment, usually each month. When they do not, they are in breach of the lease. In theory, this can lead to an eviction. In reality, a landlord has to go through an extensive legal process which takes time and money. Often a landlord will be willing to work with the tenant to help them get back on track with rent. However, in some situations, the tenant will be justified in not paying rent. These situations are rare and require the landlord to significantly breach the lease. One such example is a breach of the Warranty of Habitability, and even then, only paying a reduced rent is usually allowed.


As long as the tenant does not violate any significant portions of the lease or applicable housing laws, a landlord cannot evict the tenant until the lease is over. There are different reasons as to why a landlord may want to evict a tenant, but no matter what reason exists, a landlord must go through a court proceeding and obtain a judgment. Even then, only a government officer, such as a sheriff or constable, can physically evict the tenant.

If you are a landlord or tenant who is having a dispute, please contact our Buffalo landlord tenant lawyers today to schedule a legal consultation. Call us over the phone or send a message through our website to explain your situation. We will take the time to listen to your case and help you get the legal assistance you deserve. Let our experience work for you.

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