Suing a property management company is a right that all tenants have. It is a way of holding these companies accountable for their actions or lack of action that results in harm or financial loss to a tenant. However, if you want to sue a property management company successfully, there are specific legal processes that you must follow.
The first thing to do is to find a reputable landlord-tenant attorney to walk you through your options and help you understand what you can and cannot sue for. These lawyers are familiar with local/state tenant-landlord laws and can give you a realistic perspective on what your chances of success are in court.
If you can’t afford a lawyer, you can still file a small claims lawsuit against a property management company in your city or county court. This process is fairly quick and simple if you are well prepared. You should be sure to clearly explain your case in a clear and concise manner and to bring copies of all of the relevant documents for yourself, the judge, and the property management company.
The most common reason for a tenant to sue a property management company is for negligence. This includes issues like not responding to maintenance requests, failing to collect rent on time, or ignoring safety measures. A good property manager will always respond promptly to maintenance requests and take steps to ensure that all safety measures are in place and functioning properly.