Regardless of if you are a tenant or a landlord, It goes without saying that there are going to be instances where the both of you do not agree on issues surrounding the property. It is rare to have a tenant landlord relationship that is seamless (and when it does occur, it rarely lasts). Having a landlord or being a tenant for a property requires a lot of back and forth when issues are pending, however for the rest of the time, communications after often minimal. The mutual respect and acting and reacting to issues that are relevant is important, and so is leaving one another to their day-to-day lives in the meantime.
When landlord-tenant issues do arise, however, it can be a challenge to get both parties on the same page, and even more particular to have them on the same page and in complete agreeance. When issues do arise, it can make things complicated. However, this is the time that it is more important than ever to ensure that both parties are actively and consistently working towards as harmonious a solution as possible to the problems in question. Building agreeable landlord-tenant relationships is an important part of not only ensuring the property is taking care of well, but that both parties are doing their part to make it so.
Landlord-tenant disputes are never fun
Landlord and tenant disputes are never a good time. This goes without saying. It is uncomfortable to be in a position of disagreeance somebody in any instance, especially when you have mutual ground. This is perhaps never truer than it is in the case of a rental property because even though one party lives on the property, said property belongs to the other party. This is where the neutral connection between both parties comes into place, but it is also where there can be where disagreements arise.
Appropriately dealing with the uncomfortable disagreements
Landlord-tenant disputes are uncomfortable, to say the least. When disagreements of any proportion are playing out between landlords and tenants, it can be challenging to work through them. It makes them even more uncomfortable, to say the least, when one or both parties dig their heels in and refuse to see the other side. Appropriately dealing with uncomfortable disagreements takes level-headed approaches and understanding of the other party’s position. However, it also requires both parties to be aware of the legal requirements of them both in regards to the property that links them together at the time.
How to know when to take it to the next level
Taking these disagreements and the handling of them to the next level can be a tricky road to navigate, but it is doable. Knowing when to go to the RTA as a tenant, or when to carry out landlord and tenant board appeal (just a few examples of possible approaches) takes some level-headed thinking and legal responding. If the other party is not responding appropriately, and for a prolonged period, then it becomes an issue of having to go to the next level up to find timely solutions. Make sure that you have all your receipts, proof on your part and the other of any wrongdoing, and an awareness that it will be an ongoing process, should you choose to move forward with this approach.