The desire of money is the root of all evil, so expect it to mess up a good tenant-landlord relationship. Rudeness will surface, and harsh words shall be exchanged. But thankfully, there’s always a workaround to these things and it can be prevented.
US News & World Report recently produced a very detailed article about handling disputes when it comes to billing. If you’re a tenant, read up, because you’ll get plenty of tips on how to stop yourself from blowing your top.
Your landlord may have been very lovely to you before you handed over the deposit, but remember that they could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. If you burst out without thinking, it may backfire on you. Also, going to court may be effective but it could take a lot of time and money from your end before you get the results that you may not want. It is much better to communicate first before bringing the big guns out.
It doesn’t matter if you win or lose the dispute; either way, you’d be walking out of your landlord’s property with experience in your arsenal.
Have you ever had any experience with billing disputes with your landlord? How did you handle it and how did they react? Share your experience in the comments!