Dealing with Homeowner Alliances and Landlords
The ability to rent a house instead of having to buy one outright is quite a gift! If everyone had to buy a house of their own in order to move out, most of us would still be living with our parents by the age of thirty. There is, of course, nothing wrong with living alongside your parents, but it is always nice to have a place of your own. Aside from the monthly payments, the only major difference between owning a house and renting is that you will have a landlord to whom you must report. The landlord is the person who looks after the house you are staying in. For the most part, landlords will be cooperative and honest; but sometimes there is the occasional landlord who makes your stay there quite difficult. While under different circumstances you might just ignore and avoid someone like that, you can’t exactly ignore the person who controls what happens to you while you rent their house. So what then are we to do?
Always be Respectful
No matter how a landlord treats you, it is never a good idea to fight back blindly. If you are having any problem with your landlord, do your best to solve in such a way that you do not treat them badly in any way, regardless of who is at fault. Problems never get solved through fighting; problems almost always get solved through calm communication and cooperation. If your landlord has asked something of you, such as keep the balcony and windows clean so the outside of the house will look pristine to any who may see it, then you should simply obey what they have asked and do it. You are living in their house, so you must play by their rules.
What if my Landlord is Breaking the Rules?
If this is the case, then there is only one solution; you need to follow the contract that you signed before moving in. If you have written proof on your contract that something your landlord has asked you to do goes against said contract, then you are within your rights to refuse what they have asked of you. For example, if the sink breaks while you are cleaning dishes and the landlord insists that you must pay for a repairman yourself; yet your contract states that any damages that occur while you are staying there will be paid for by the landlord, you can indeed show them this and insist that they hire the repairman for you. Again, in this situation you should still be respectful in the way you deal with your landlord. There is no need to get aggressive. If your landlord still refuses to follow the contract, you can file a case and have the issue brought before a Court. The landlord will either back down and follow the contract, or risk getting into major legal trouble. Either way, you get what you want without any hostility!