Landlord vs. Tenant: Most common causes of dispute

Living the rest of your life as a tenant can either be better than being a homeowner or worse than sleeping on the streets. You can’t always have an awesome landlord every single time you sign a lease. Nope. Life doesn’t work that way because life isn’t fair, especially during move-in and move-out; then all of a sudden, the inspection brings up tons of things you don’t remember doing to the place. Yikes.

So what usually makes claws appear when it comes to landlords and tenants? Let’s go ahead and take a look at the usual suspects that turn both parties into monsters.

Code Violations: A Landlord’s Headache

This could range from noise complaints to parking fiascos, and even occupancy limits. A landlord doesn’t have anything to do with this, but he can find himself facing problems if someone from a neighboring home or establishment files a complaint against one of the occupants of his property. Alternatively, a tenant can invite officials over if they’re really into messing with their landlords.

A landlord’s time will be wasted, and money will go down the drain to pay for fines. The only option that they have is to kick out the tenant in order to avoid further issues. If you’re a landlord, make sure your welcome packet (here’s a quick guide on creating an awesome one) includes a copy of the laws in your area/neighborhood and your lease includes a provision regarding liquidated damages so that you can get the proper compensation should issues like this arise.

Property Damages: He said, she said

Ah, the usual cause of clashes between landlord and tenants! A landlord doesn’t really see the kind of damage that a tenant has caused until the inspection after move-out day. They have no control over it if they didn’t properly document what the property looked like prior to move-in day. Have you ever heard of the statement, “That was already like that when I got here!”? It’s quite common and, as a landlord, you probably have ZERO recollection if what they’re saying is true unless you got dated photos, signed at the back by you and the lessor.

This is one of the reasons why MoveIn.Space should be your go-to website if you’re in the rental business. Since everything that’s digital gets to exist forever, having an online record of what the place was like upon move-in will be helpful for your business. It’s completely legal to use and it’s for the protection of both landlord and tenant. Should any disputes arise, you can easily use your account on the website as a reference to settle the issue. Less headache for both you and your tenant!

Skipping on Payments

Checks may bounce, salaries will get delayed, and the queen might come to visit. So many excuses, so little time! A tenant’s most obvious responsibility is paying for the rent and any other additional expenses, such as repair fees or penalties. If you’re a landlord who has third-party providers for utilities and maintenance, this can bite your behind hard. Real hard. Especially if you don’t specify on the lease that your tenant should be responsible for any fees that they incur during their stay. So it’s best that you leave no stone unturned, especially with money matters! List what they’re responsible for paying, such as appliance repair, lightbulb replacements, etc. Then list what YOU should be paying for as a landlord, like pool and garden maintenance or repair of communal areas in the property.

Would you really want to pay for something that your tenant damaged inside their rented space?

Clash of Plans

Sometimes, the reason why landlords and tenants don’t get along well is because their personalities, wants, and needs do not match. It’s that simple. You wouldn’t know a person properly until you’ve spent enough time with them, and that doesn’t really happen with rental properties. Tenants may stage a coup if a landlord suddenly decides they’d like to add more doors to the property or maybe fill in the tenants’ pool. On the other hand, landlords may suddenly turn bitter if a tenant decides to ask their significant other to move into their place. You never can tell when a person’s real personality will show, and it’s not something that you can put on the lease. If you’re a landlord, if you can’t get along well with your tenant, just let them be and don’t treat them negatively lest you want them to trash the place upon move out. As for the tenants out there, just pray hard that your lease goes by quickly and then just move out. It ain’t a perfect world, but you can sure as hell avoid lawsuits if you try your best to keep calm.


Do you have any landlord vs. tenant stories that you’d like to share? How petty was the feud and how complicated did it become in the end? We’d love to read your stories in the comments!