A FIERCE CONSUMER ADVOCATE
Some of you may be wondering who is this Professor Landlord and what is Landlord College™? If you are one of my former clients, and have had the opportunity to see me in action in Landlord Tenant Court, then you already know that I am a fierce advocate for the rights of my clients. I become like an enraged Mama Bear who just caught someone messing with one of her precious bear cubs. I have represented both landlords and tenants and I am equally passionate no matter which side I am on. There is no right side or wrong side in this particular type of relationship. Clearly, there are relatively equal numbers of both problem tenants and lousy landlords everywhere. My passion in the courtroom is not about taking sides. Rather, it comes from that instinctual feeling in my gut that an injustice has occurred. I recognize that feeling in an instant. My client has been wronged and it is my job to make things right.
THE KNOWLEDGE VOID
When you fight these legal battles for as long as I have, you begin to see patterns of behavior and common pitfalls. Many of these mistakes arise from a fundamental lack of knowledge of the law and the nature of the landlord-tenant relationship. Oftentimes, neither party understands their own rights or how to implement them. Tenants routinely sign leases without any comprehension of what they are signing. When they get frustrated about a lack of repairs, they withhold rent improperly and for all the wrong reasons. And you would be shocked (or at least should be) at how many landlords lack a basic understanding of the laws that govern their business. Most of the time, they do not know or understand the terms of their own lease agreement and failed to recognize even basic tenant rights. Clearly there was a knowlege void and landlords were not finding the information they needed.