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Landlord and Tenant Representation in Washington, DC

Zaharevich Law Office PLLC provides comprehensive legal representation for commercial landlords, tenants, and residential landlords in Washington, DC.   The firm’s attorney, Daniel Zaharevich, is dedicated to offering enthusiastic and effective legal solutions to resolve disputes and protect your interests. His approach is to seek out the best, most efficient solution for clients.  Call the office to discuss handling cases involving notice to pay or quit, failure to pay rent, and breach of lease in the Landlord and Tenant Division of the DC Superior Court.

Importance of Hiring a Lawyer for Landlord and Tenant Court

Hiring a lawyer for landlord and tenant court is crucial due to the complexities and nuances of procedural rules that govern these cases. The legal framework surrounding landlord-tenant disputes is intricate, with specific requirements for filing documents, serving notices, and presenting evidence. An experienced attorney understands these procedural intricacies and can navigate the legal system efficiently, ensuring all actions comply with the law. This expertise helps in effectively presenting your case and avoiding common pitfalls that could lead to unfavorable outcomes. A lawyer’s proficiency in handling such disputes can significantly increase the likelihood of a favorable resolution, saving time, reducing stress, and protecting your rights and interests throughout the legal process.

Need to Act Quickly to Resolve Issues with Non-Paying Tenants

Landlords must promptly address non-paying tenants to protect their financial interests and maintain cash flow. Delays in taking action may be exacerbated by the length of time it may take to get an order of possession. Quick actions, such as issuing notices and filing the appropriate complaint, minimize the impact of unpaid rent and may help prevent unnecessary losses. Swift resolution may also help maintain a positive relationship with other tenants, fostering a stable rental environment.

Importance of Keeping Track of Rent, Fees, and Other Payments

Accurate record-keeping of rent, late fees, utilities, and, when applicable, insurance and property taxes is essential for both landlords and tenants. For landlords, detailed records aid in managing cash flow, complying with lease agreements, and providing evidence in legal matters.  For tenants, tracking payments ensures protection against incorrect charges and confirms timely compliance with lease terms.  Account statements and rent rolls should be saved and filed for future reference.

The office’s lease drafting service is designed to provide comprehensive protection and clarity for landlords and tenants. By meticulously crafting and reviewing lease agreements, Attorney Daniel Zaharevich ensures the terms are clear, enforceable, and compliant with relevant laws. This proactive approach helps prevent disputes, safeguard rights, and establish a solid foundation for a successful landlord-tenant relationship.

Notice to Pay or Quit

One critical tool for landlords in managing rental properties is the notice to pay or quit. This notice is issued when a tenant fails to pay rent on time, giving them a specified period to either pay the overdue rent or face an eviction action and possible personal judgment. Zaharevich Law Office PLLC can draft the notice to quit and take appropriate action if the rent remains unpaid.

Failure to Pay Rent

Failure to pay rent is a common issue that can lead to significant financial losses for landlords and potential eviction for tenants.  The firm is adept at handling these cases efficiently and effectively. We offer the following services:

For Commercial and Residential Landlords:

  • Filing lawsuits for unpaid rent
  • Representing landlords in court to obtain judgments for owed rent
  • Assisting with the enforcement of judgments and collection of overdue payments

For Commercial Tenants:

  • Defending against eviction proceedings based on non-payment of rent
  • Negotiating payment plans or settlements to avoid eviction
  • Representing tenants in court to challenge the basis of the rent claim

Breach of Lease

Lease agreements outline the rights and obligations of both landlords and tenants. When either party breaches these terms, it can lead to serious legal disputes. Zaharevich Law Office PLLC provides expert representation in breach of lease cases, including:

For Commercial and Residential Landlords:

  • Addressing violations such as unauthorized alterations, illegal activities, or failure to maintain the property
  • Filing breach of lease lawsuits to enforce compliance or seek damages
  • Representing landlords in court to resolve disputes and protect their interests

For Commercial Tenants:

  • Defending against claims of lease breaches
  • Negotiating resolutions for disputes over lease terms
  • Representing tenants in court to protect their rights and ensure fair treatment

If you are dealing with a landlord-tenant dispute in Washington, DC, don’t navigate it alone. Contact Zaharevich Law Office PLLC today to schedule a consultation. Call us at 202-747-6478 or fill out our online form to get started.