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Today, I am the landlord, but I’ve also been a tenant many times. canada goose One landlord tried to sue me for a couple thousand dollars, and canada goose store several other landlords were problematic. (Problem landlords are one of the many reasons I now own instead of rent!)

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I contacted Legal Aid because I didn’t have enough money to hire an attorney. I followed their instructions to the letter, which were nearly identical to the steps described in this article. I provided thirty days‘ notice that I was moving, and I signed a new lease elsewhere.

The landlord tried to sue me for ten months‘ rent and „double damages.“ Because I had learned about my states‘ laws from Legal Aid and followed their directions, the judgment didn’t go against me. If it had, the landlord would have received about $4,500 in rent, doubled by the double damages permitted by law, plus court costs and attorney fees! A $10,000 judgment could have plagued my credit for decades.

Canada Goose sale Both a tenant and a landlord can breach the contract, but in most cases, the landlord understands the contract far better than the tenants who sign their leases, usually without bothering to read its terms.

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