Knowing When You Need An Attorney
The legal system is meant for everyday citizens to access for their benefit and knowledge. However, there are some parts of the law that are best navigated by an experienced attorney. When the stakes are high and you need a solution in an expedient manner, it may not be best to attempt to face the legal system alone. As friendly as some areas of the law can be, especially landlord-tenant law, it is important that you know when you should seek professional assistance. In this article, we will discuss some situations during which you may be best served having an attorney.
Situations Wherein You Should Contact An Attorney
- You are being evicted wrongfully. When you are being evicted for non-payment of rent and you have actually failed to pay rent, there is little you can do. However, there are situations where your landlord has acted improperly and you will need to fight a wrongful eviction. Usually it takes an experienced attorney to spot unlawful eviction procedures such as locking a tenant out, canceling utility accounts, and taking a tenant’s possessions. Depending on your state law and local law, the specific provisions may be different and an attorney can often notice nuances in your landlord’s behavior that you may have missed. For example, an attorney would likely notice if your landlord’s eviction was a retaliatory one and could argue as such. Having the help of an attorney also increases your chances of success.
- You are being discriminated against by your landlord. You may see a string of actions by your landlord as rude or embarrassing, but an attorney would be able to connect the dots and help illuminate a pattern of discrimination on the part of your landlord. Your attorney would also know which agencies to file a complaint with or how to successfully report your landlord.
- Your landlord fails to make much needed repairs. If, for example, your landlord was supposed to repair your heating system and you are well into the winter months, you will likely need to consult an attorney about what your options are. An attorney can be the mediator between you and your landlord or can help you determine how to utilize the remedies available to you in such a situation.
- You have incurred an injury on the property. In the event that you have been injured, it is important for you to have an attorney analyze the situation to determine whether your injury was a result of your landlord’s negligence. This is particularly important if you have incurred a significant amount of monetary damages due to the injury. Another more serious issue like mold in your apartment can make you or a loved one who lives with you very ill; another serious injury that can cause you significant medical treatment costs.
Let Us Help You
It is not always easy to know when you need help. While this list is meant to aid you in determining when you need to hire an attorney, it is not exhaustive. Overall, you will generally fare better by choosing to hire an experienced and local Florida landlord-tenant attorney. Highly trained professionals at Pike & Lustig, LLP are able to help you determine what to do about any problems you may experience with your landlord.