Whether you are a landlord dealing with an unruly tenant or a tenant facing ongoing issues with your landlord, disputes can quickly escalate and become overwhelming to deal with.

Many people consider the idea of hiring a lawyer, but worry about the cost and the amount of time it could take to resolve the issue. It isn’t until the issue has escalated that most individuals consider hiring legal counsel.

The reality is that having an attorney represent your interests can help with efficiency in resolving the dispute and can help prevent costly legal fees in the future.

One of the most important things an attorney can do is assist with reviewing your contract (if you have one). Contracts are extremely important in landlord-tenant issues and often are the key to avoiding disputes.

We recently blogged about this issue and the importance of having a contract between a landlord and a tenant, and how paperwork is often the key to avoiding landlord-tenant issues.

A lawyer can also help with communication between parties and identifying potential strategies to help resolve the dispute. In many situations, landlord-tenant disputes may be able to resolved in mediation or outside of court. If negotiations are unable to bring a fair resolution, your case may be handled in court.

For both landlords and tenants, legal counsel can be the most cost-effective way to resolving a dispute. Waiting too long to get legal advice could negatively impact your case. There are many other reasons to hire a lawyer for your landlord-tenant issue aside from the potential long-term cost benefit.