LFRT Feature Image

Landlord Harassment and Constructive Evictions

At The Law Firm For Tenant Rights, Inc. we are dedicated to championing the rights of tenants who face harassment and undue pressure from their landlords. In the realm of tenant law, one of the most egregious violations occurs when landlords engage in harassment with the intent of unlawfully recovering possession of a rental unit. This practice not only undermines the legal and personal security of tenants but can also lead to what is known as constructive eviction. Our firm stands ready to support and guide you through these challenging circumstances, ensuring your rights are defended vigorously.

Defining Constructive Eviction

Constructive eviction occurs when a landlord’s actions or failure to act makes a living environment so untenable that a reasonable person would find it impossible to stay. Unlike traditional eviction, which involves formal legal proceedings, constructive eviction is often the result of ongoing harassment or neglect aimed at forcing the tenant to vacate the property. Examples of such harassment may include, but are not limited to, invasive property inspections, unjustified threats of legal action, withholding necessary repairs, or deliberate disruption of essential services.

Recognizing Landlord Harassment

Landlord harassment can manifest in various forms, designed to erode the tenant’s comfort, privacy, and enjoyment of their rental unit. Tenants must recognize these behaviors as not only unethical but also illegal. Harassment aimed at recovering possession of a rental unit may include:

  • Excessive and unwarranted entry to the property
  • Threats of eviction without cause
  • Intimidation or verbal abuse
  • Manipulation of utilities or amenities as retaliation
  • Failing to address maintenance issues deliberately

Your Rights and Potential Damages

Victims of landlord harassment and constructive eviction have the right to seek justice and compensation for their wrongdoings.The Law Firm For Tenant Rights, Inc. is proficient in navigating the complexities of these cases, striving to secure damages on behalf of our clients. Damages may cover a range of consequences suffered by the tenant, including:

  • Rent differentials if the tenant has been forced to move to a more expensive dwelling
  • Emotional distress and discomfort caused by the harassment and loss of home
  • Costs associated with moving and finding new accommodation
  • Punitive damages in cases of particularly egregious landlord behavior

How We Advocate for You

Our approach to cases of landlord harassment and constructive eviction is both strategic and compassionate. We begin with a thorough consultation to understand the specifics of your situation, followed by a detailed investigation into the harassment claims. Our legal team leverages this information to build a compelling case, representing you in negotiations or court proceedings to seek the damages you rightfully deserve.

The Law Firm For Tenant Rights, Inc.  is committed to ensuring that no tenant suffers in silence under the weight of landlord harassment. If you’ve experienced harassment or believe you’re a victim of constructive eviction, contact us. Our expertise and dedication to tenant rights provide the foundation for our work, helping to restore peace and security to your living situation. Together, we can stand against unlawful landlord practices and strive for the justice and compensation you are entitled to.