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Different ways to handle a landlord-tenant dispute

It is not uncommon for landlords in Missouri and their tenants to see differently on a number of issues. When a landlord-tenant dispute does arise, there are several ways in which it can be resolved. Litigation is one way, but it does not have to be the first thing one tries.

The first thing a landlord can do to attempt to resolve a dispute with a tenant is to try to talk out the problem. Talking can go a long way if both parties are willing to engage in the conversation. Many issues that arise between landlords and their tenants are the result of misunderstandings or miscommunication. Talking may clear the air and make sure everyone is on the same page. When going this route, discussions can take place in private with attorneys present, or a mediator may be brought in to help move the process along.

If talking fails to be effective, an attorney with experience handling landlord-tenant law would be able to write a formal letter stating legal action may be taken if the issue is not resolved. If that fails to produce desirable results, then litigation may be the only way to end the dispute. If that is the case, seeking out legal counsel with experience in the courtroom could prove highly beneficial to one's case.

Landlord-tenant law can be complex and confusing. Landlord-tenant disputes are not always easily resolved. With the assistance of counsel, landlords in Missouri can seek resolutions in the manner they think will best suit their particular needs.

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