Courts tend to be solicitous towards tenants. Accordingly, landlords that fail to scrupulously follow statutory and court-made law do so at the peril of having their actions invalidated. Advice from an experienced and knowledgeable attorney prior to taking action can mean the difference between a successful termination of a tenancy and having to pay damages to the tenant.
Landlords may also benefit from attorney review of a variety of leasing and rental contracts and other documents which the landlord may desire to use in order to terminate a tenancy. Courts generally do not look fondly on the erroneous use of forms by landlords, much less forms which misstate the law. If you are a landlord, please call me to set up an initial consultation for a review of your situation.
If you are a tenant, be wary when you sign a long-term lease. If you need to move on before the lease expires, you will still be responsible for the remainder of the lease term, even if the landlord finds a new tenant. Ideally, in negotiating your lease, you should try to have terms indicating that, in the event of an assignment of the lease, you will be released from the lease. If you are negotiating a long-term lease, please call me for assistance in negotiating and drafting its terms.