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Landlord-Tenant Law

Representation of Landlords

Landlords seeking legal representation with tenant disputes and eviction proceedings need an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about the Connecticut landlord-tenant laws, Connecticut rent control, and eviction control provisions, including just cause evictions, owner-occupancy evictions "OMI", rent non-payment, nuisances, and breach of covenants such as lease subletting restrictions. Landlords do have substantial legal rights and procedural advantages even in strong tenants' rights in the State of Connecticut.

At the Law Offices of Jodi Zils Gagne, we recognize the challenges landlords face in legal matters and aggressively represent them, at the same time providing practical and cost-effective advice. We represent parties negotiating for possession of rental units through voluntary buy-outs, and we represent plaintiffs and defendants in wrongful eviction lawsuits.

Careful Planning and Attention to Detail

Representing landlords in landlord-tenant disputes or litigation requires detailed and proactive planning and strict attention to detail, particularly in drafting legal notices to tenants in compliance with all applicable rent-control, administrative and procedural requirements. That involves immediately identifying the various issues and facts.

Even cases wherein new property owners seek to owner-occupy the dwelling can be extraordinarily difficult. We manage litigation in an efficient and cost-effective manner without taking shortcuts. We draft the initiating notice to terminate tenancy carefully because even a minor mistake can cause lengthy delays or have your case thrown out of court. A claim of wrongful eviction based on landlord conduct can result in costly litigation.

Experienced Legal Representation and Knowledgeable Advice

Landlord-tenant litigation is procedurally intensive and designed to be completed very quickly. Deadlines for filing pleadings, motion practice, and discovery are particularly short. Missteps can be costly and force litigants to start the process over again. Certain categories of residential tenants may be protected from eviction except in cases of non-payment or breach of contract. Landlords are not advised to represent themselves or use an attorney without substantial experience in this area of practice. They need reliable and accurate legal advice about how to approach contentious interaction with tenants. That is what we provide at the Law Offices of Jodi Zils Gagne.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer regarding a landlord-tenant dispute, owner move-in or serving an eviction notice on a protected tenant, please feel free to contact us.

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