If you are having problems with your landlord, no matter what the problem may be we always recommend you document the problem in writing. This is important for many reasons.
First, by putting your complaint in writing you provide the landlord with notice of the existing problem. Providing a landlord with notice of a lease violation is often a requirement of a lease before a tenant can declare a landlord in default. Be sure to review your lease because most commercial leases and some residential leases contain a notice requirement and a requirement for the method in which a landlord or tenant must use to give notice to each other (registered mail, certified mail, etc.).
Second, by putting your complaint in writing you provide the landlord with something to review with the owner of the property to the extent the landlord is not the owner of the property. This is particularly important if you are dealing with a property management company who may not otherwise accurately represent your complaint to the owner of the building.
Third, when you put your complaint in writing you also set up an additional defense should the landlord try to evict you. Civil Code section 1942.5 provides a 180 protection period where a landlord has additional hurdles to cross if they seek to evict a paying tenant following a tenant’s lawful complaint about their tenancy.
As Los Angeles Eviction Attorneys we handle cases for both landlords and tenants. By representing both sides we frequently see the defenses and claims that landlord and tenants make against each other in eviction proceedings. We apply our knowledge to best position your case for success. Contact us for an initial consultation.