May 31, 2015

Although renters may be able to resolve some landlord-tenant issues on their own, in some cases, it will be essential for them to retain an attorney in order to understand and protect their rights. This two-part blogs series will point out some of the most common instances when tenants usually need a lawyer and how having an experienced attorney on their side can help them.

If you are a renter – or a landlord/building owner – who needs assistance resolving a serious landlord-tenant issue, you can turn to trusted Denver Real Estate Attorney Thomas E. Downey. He has the experience, skills and resources that are essential to favorably resolving landlord-tenant issues, as well as other real estate legal matters.

When Renters May Need an Attorney

1 – When tenants are being wrongfully evicted

A trusted Denver real estate attorney reveals when renters should to turn a lawyer to help them protect their rights and hold negligent landlords accountable. Contact us for help resolving any landlord-tenant issues.

A trusted Denver real estate attorney reveals when renters should to turn a lawyer to help them protect their rights and hold negligent landlords accountable. Contact us for help resolving any landlord-tenant issues.

Have you received an eviction notice from your landlord? Or has your landlord locked you out of your unit/changed the locks or even removed your possessions from your unit?

If so – and if you have been paying your rent and abiding by the terms of your lease, then it’s time to contact an attorney.

By law, landlords have to have grounds to move forward with an eviction – or they have to give you proper notice to vacate a property (if you aren’t in a fixed-term lease). If, however, you are in fixed-term lease and you’ve been abiding by it, fighting the eviction with the help of an attorney will be essential to protecting your rights and not suffering serious financial losses.

2 – When tenants are the targets of landlord’s discriminatory practices

According to the Fair Housing Act and Fair Housing Amendments Act, landlords are prohibited from discriminating against tenants on the basis of their personal and genetic features, including their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability and family status.

So, if a landlord has discriminated against you by, for instance, failing to rent to you, charging you more money than other renters, etc. based on any of the above factors, you may have a discrimination claim against that landlord, and an attorney can help you:

  • Assert your rights
  • Obtain damages for things like attorneys’ fees
  • Secure other relief.

3 – When landlords refuse to repair units

When landlords’ negligence harms renters, it’s time to contact a lawyer, a trusted Denver real estate attorney explains. Contact us for help resolving any landlord-tenant issues.

When landlords’ negligence harms renters, it’s time to contact a lawyer, a trusted Denver real estate attorney explains. Contact us for help resolving any landlord-tenant issues.

While tenants are bound by the terms of leases, so too are landlords. In fact, part of landlords’ duties are to ensure that the units they rent are safe and in good working order. So, when things break (as will happen), it’s usually up to the landlord to make the necessary repairs.

If, however, landlords are refusing to make such repairs, especially more major repairs, consulting with an attorney ASAP will be important. This is because there may be various potential remedies available to get landlords to comply or, if they still refuse to make the repairs, hold them accountable for violating their end of the lease agreement.

4 – When a refusal to make repairs has caused additional damage

Going hand-in-hand with the above circumstances, sometimes, landlords’ refusal to make repairs can end up leading to renters incurring more damages, harm or injuries. For instance, let’s say a landlord refuses to repair a broken window or door lock, and this ends up leading to break-ins and burglaries.

When this occurs, landlords can be held liable for the damages renters have incurred, and having an experienced attorney representing renters’ rights in such cases will be pivotal to ensuring that injured/harmed parties are able to obtain the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled.

5 – When tenants are injured as a result of landlord’s carelessness

In some cases, landlords’ carelessness and inattention (rather than an outright refusal to fix something) can end up harming tenants. For instance, take the case of landlords failing to notice potential harms, such as water leaks that can lead to mold growth or features that, while not broken, are starting to deteriorate.

Although the landlord may not have directly created the problem, the failure to address such issues that a “reasonable” person would have noticed/addressed (under the same/similar circumstances) can also:

  • Lead to landlord liability
  • Make it crucial for renters’ to retain an experienced lawyer who can help them hold landlords accountable.

Denver Real Estate Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC

When you need help resolving any real estate legal matters, you can turn to Denver Real Estate Attorney Thomas E. Downey. Since 1983, Thomas Downey and the other legal professionals at Downey & Associates, PC, have been providing individuals and businesses in the Denver Metro Area and throughout the U.S. with the highest level of legal service for their litigation, property tax and real estate legal issues.

We encourage you to learn more about your rights and options, as well as our various services, by calling us at (303) 813-1111 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

From our law offices in Centennial, we serve clients throughout Colorado and the U.S.

Categories: Landlord-Tenant Issues