From a management perspective, it is the lease/rental agreement which provides us the authority to manage the property. We strictly enforce all terms of the lease from the day the rent is due to all the rules and regulations documented in an addendum. Any violation of the lease agreement is promptly handled with a three day notice. Continued infractions are met with legal action ending with an unlawful detainer action (eviction). We treat all tenants equally and fairly according to the terms of the lease so as not to cause any problems with tenant advocacy organizations or violate any Fair Housing regulations.
Tenant Lawsuits and Fair Housing Laws
Lawsuits are a two-way street. It is highly possible that a tenant will file a lawsuit against a landlord for some perceived wrong-doing on the landlord’s or manager’s part. We dispense with these lawsuits quickly and forcefully. We have seen firsthand the affect lawsuits have on the entire operation of a building including tenants, staff and finances, especially those that are initiated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for violation of Fair Housing Laws. These judgements against an owner or property manager can be severe and costly.
The threat of a lawsuit is why all of our management operations, including all the forms we use, are viewed from a legal perspective. We are constantly monitoring our operations so that we remain in compliance, going so far as to hire attorneys to review our documents and procedures on a periodic basis. Our aim here is to avoid any lawsuit and in so doing protect you, the landlord, your asset, and us.
In the course of managing a building, various legal matters may arise which involve the property’s and owner’s interests at important municipal meetings (e.g., code enforcement), tenant meetings, insurance claim meetings and others. We attend these meetings on behalf of the owner, respond with necessary actions, and maintain a document repository for all required legal documents.