Landlord Responsibilities and Tenant Law Basics for Paralegals
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Learn how to properly handle landlord-tenant matters as a paralegal.In many instances, paralegals who handle landlord-tenant matters do not understand the interplay between the statutes, common law and the unique circumstances involved in the landlord-tenant matter they are handling that is in front of them. This topic will highlight and demonstrate how an understanding of the fit of these items will maximize the paralegal's ability to handle landlord-tenant matters.
AuthorsKevin Knight, de Beaubien, Simmons, Knight, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP
Landlord-Tenant Relationships and Interplay
• Residential (Private)
• Residential (Public or Subsidized Housing)
The Bread and Butter Issues That a Landlord-Tenant Paralegal Must Be Able to Handle
• Preparing and Handling Notices to a Tenant
• Preparing and Defending Eviction Actions
• Preparing and Defending/Attacking Non-Eviction Issues (Including Personal Injury Claims)
Preparing and Handling Notices to a Tenant
• Rental Agreement Termination Notices (Excluding Eviction Notices)
• Eviction Notices
• Notices to Remove Belongings, of a Claim on a Security Deposit, etc.
Preparing and Defending Eviction Actions
• Using the Correct Form(s) and Serving the Proper Person(s) in the Proper Manner
• Having the Proper Witnesses Ready to Testify
Preparing and Defending/Attacking Non-Eviction Issues (Claims for Personal Injury, etc.)
• Documenting What the Landlord Did, What the Tenant Did and "Where's the Beef"
• Making Sure That All of the Key Facts Are on the Table for Considering Possible Outcomes