The Landlord-Tenant Relationship—It’s Personal

Andrew J. Street

Every year, more than two million Americans must engage in the painful process of packing up all their belongings and searching for a new place to call home or to operate their business. Similarly, every year, landlords across America must engage in costly court proceedings to force tenants off their properties. There are many reasons why these evictions occur, ranging from a tenant’s failure to pay rent timely and fully to a vindictive landlord harping on minor lease violations. Beyond diagnosing the reasons for these evictions and identifying possible solutions, it is fundamental to understand that the nature of the landlord-tenant relationship is deeply personal.

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