Just some very basic tips that everyone should know
Condition issues (complain complain complain)
If you're a tenant, complain to your landlord, and the town about significant condition issues with the property. This would include water intrusion, pests like mice and roaches, and general repairs that the landlord is neglecting. If your complaints go unanswered there is a way to pay your rent into court and have a judge make a decision as to whether the landlord deserves all the rent.
If your a landlord, fix the basic stuff that tenants need to live safely and comfortably.
Payment (it's all about the money)
When you pay, don't pay cash. Use a money order or check so there is a record. It comes down to your word versus the adverse party so don't ever choose the convenient way (cash) over the smart way (certified funds). Always indicate on the checkbir money order what the payment is for. If you are paying August rent, write it in the check. If it's security deposit, spell it out.
Landlords do the same thing. Have a policy that clearly says how monies are applied. Oldest outstanding balance first? Maybe late charges first and bounced check fees? When tenant makes a payment just send something that confirms what it was applied to if there is any doubt.
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