Navigating the landlord-tenant relationship can be challenging, with various issues that can arise for both parties. From nonpayment of rent to disputes over property access and maintenance responsibilities, these challenges require careful attention and effective resolution.

In this blog post, I delve into the most common landlord-tenant problems and provide practical solutions to foster a harmonious living arrangement. Understanding these issues and their resolutions is essential for landlords and tenants, ensuring a fair and lawful coexistence in property management.

But who am I you should listen to?

I am a property management contractor operating our business for over a decade. Managing landlords and tenants is our daily job. So you’re getting information and advice from real-life experience.

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The most common problems for landlords and tenants

The tenant and landlord disagree

Landlord-tenant issues can arise for various reasons. Here are some common issues:

  1. Nonpayment of Rent: Tenants failing to pay rent on time or in whole.
  2. Lease Violations: Violating terms and conditions outlined in the lease agreement. For example, unauthorized pets, subletting without permission, or altering the property.
  3. Maintenance and Repairs: Disputes over who is responsible for specific repairs and maintenance issues and the timeliness of addressing these concerns.
  4. Security Deposit Disputes: Disagreements over the return of the security deposit, including deductions made by the landlord for damages.
  5. Evictions: Landlords seeking to evict tenants due to nonpayment, lease violations, or other valid reasons.
  6. Interruption to Quiet Enjoyment: Disruptions with the tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment of the property, such as excessive noise or unauthorized entries by the landlord.
  7. Utilities and Bills: Disputes over the payment and responsibility for utility bills or other shared expenses.
  8. Property Access: Conflicts regarding the landlord’s right to access the property for repairs, inspections, or other reasons and the tenant’s right to privacy.
  9. Discrimination and Fair Housing Issues: Discrimination for gender, religion, disability, or other protected characteristics that are prohibited by fair housing laws.
  10. Illegal Activities: Tenant engagement in illicit activities on the property, leading to potential legal and safety concerns.
  11. Abandonment: Conflicts arise when a tenant leaves the property before the lease ends, potentially leading to unpaid rent and property vacancy.
  12. Health and Safety Concerns: Issues related to the habitability of the property, such as the presence of mold, pests, or other health hazards.
  13. Notices and Communication: Disputes over the proper delivery and timing of notices, including eviction notices or lease termination.
  14. Rent Increases: Conflicts over the legality and fairness of rent increases, especially in rent-controlled areas.
  15. Landlord Retaliation: Allegations of retaliation by the landlord in response to a tenant’s exercise of legal rights, such as reporting code violations.

When conflicts arise, communication and, if necessary, legal advice can help in finding a resolution.

Practical solutions to these problems

Friendly landlord signing agreement with a positive tenant

Resolving landlord-tenant issues often requires open communication, understanding the terms of the lease agreement, and, in some cases, seeking legal advice. Here are practical solutions for common landlord-tenant issues:

1. Nonpayment of Rent

  • Landlords: Establish a clear rent payment policy, communicate expectations, and consider offering flexible payment arrangements during temporary financial difficulties.
  • Tenants: Communicate early if facing financial challenges, explore payment plans, and proactively find solutions.

Options for landlords: What to do if the tenant doesn’t pay rent?

2. Lease Violations

  • Landlords: Clearly outline lease terms, provide written notices for violations, and work collaboratively to find solutions.
  • Tenants: Review and understand the lease agreement, seek permission for changes, and address violations promptly.

Related: What to look for in a lease agreement?

3. Maintenance and Repairs

  • Landlords: Establish a maintenance protocol, respond promptly to repair requests, and communicate responsibilities as per the lease.
  • Tenants: Report maintenance issues promptly, document requests, and follow up if repairs are not quickly addressed.

Related: Never hire property maintenance companies until you read this.

4. Security Deposit Disputes

  • Landlords: Document the property’s condition before and after a tenant’s occupancy, provide a detailed itemization of deductions, and adhere to state laws regarding security deposits.
  • Tenants: Maintain the property well, document the move-in condition, and promptly address damages.

5. Evictions

  • Landlords: Follow legal procedures for eviction, communicate clearly with tenants, and explore alternative solutions before eviction.
  • Tenants: Address lease violations promptly, communicate with the landlord, and seek legal advice if facing eviction.

Related: Main reasons to evict a tenant.

6. Interruption to Quiet Enjoyment

  • Landlords: Address noise complaints promptly, enforce lease provisions related to disturbances, and ensure tenants’ right to quiet enjoyment.
  • Tenants: Be mindful of neighbors, follow community rules, and address noise concerns promptly.

7. Utilities and Bills

  • Landlords: Clearly outline utility responsibilities in the lease agreement, communicate any changes, and address disputes promptly.
  • Tenants: Clarify utility responsibilities before signing the lease, promptly address billing concerns, and report issues to the landlord.

Related: What is the CAM fee?

8. Property Access

  • Landlords: Provide proper notice before entering the property, respect tenant privacy, and address maintenance issues promptly.
  • Tenants: Be aware of and comply with the landlord’s access rights, communicate concerns, and request convenient entry times.

Related: Can a landlord show an apartment while occupied?

9. Discrimination and Fair Housing Issues

  • Both parties: Familiarize themselves with fair housing laws, treat all parties fairly, and seek legal advice if discrimination is suspected.

10. Illegal Activities

  • Landlords: Address illegal activities promptly, follow legal procedures, and involve law enforcement if necessary.
  • Tenants: Comply with the law, report illegal activities to the landlord or law enforcement, and seek legal advice if needed.

11. Abandonment

  • Landlords: Follow legal procedures for abandoned property, communicate with the tenant, and mitigate potential financial losses.
  • Tenants: Notify the landlord if leaving the property early, discuss options, and fulfill any lease obligations.

12. Health and Safety Concerns

  • Landlords: Address health and safety issues promptly, comply with local housing codes, and document actions taken.
  • Tenants: Report health and safety concerns immediately, document issues, and seek local authorities’ assistance if necessary.

13. Notices and Communication

  • Both parties: Communicate in writing, adhere to notice requirements outlined in the lease, and keep records of all communications.

14. Rent Increases

  • Landlords: Follow legal procedures for rent increases, provide proper notice, and be transparent about the reasons for the increase.
  • Tenants: Be aware of local rent control laws, communicate concerns with the landlord, and explore negotiation options.

Related: How much landlords can raise the rent?

15. Landlord Retaliation

  • Both parties: Familiarize themselves with anti-retaliation laws, document actions and communications, and seek legal advice if necessary.


In many cases, open and respectful communication can help prevent conflicts from escalating. Legal advice or mediation may be necessary for a fair resolution if disputes persist.

Drawing from a decade of practical experience in property management, I’ve provided concise solutions for a harmonious living environment. Understanding lease agreements and local laws is crucial for both parties.

Landlords and tenants can foster positive relationships by addressing conflicts promptly and proactively. Let’s embark on this journey towards thriving living spaces together.

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