LegalShield Offers Landlords Affordable Legal Help for Their Rental Business
- Is the lease you’re using legally sound?
- Have you adequately protected your investment?
- Do you use lease terms that minimize your responsibilities?
As a LegalShield member, your attorney can review your lease and any other business documents to ensure you’re set up for success.
- Are you having a problem with an existing tenant?
- Are you dealing with property damage?
- Do you need to initiate an eviction?
Your attorney can contact your tenant to resolve disputes on your behalf and they can often get better results than you can on your own.
- Are you unsure if you’re allowed to use a tenant's security deposit?
- Do you or a tenant want to terminate the lease early?
- Are you stuck with a tenant that won’t leave?
Resolve end of lease issues as quickly and inexpensively as possible by having an attorney help you understand the laws in your state.
A legal plan that gives landlords the support they need to be successful
Understand your rights and responsibilities as a landlord before you lease a property.
Even if you’re a savvy veteran of the rental business, there are a variety of areas of landlord and tenant law you may not even know exist.
Did you know?
- You can create a lease that makes the tenant responsible for all property maintenance?
- In most states, there is a limit to how much of a security deposit you can require and a specific number of days you have to return the deposit at the end of the lease.
- In states like Connecticut and Florida Landlords must pay the tenant interest earned while holding their security deposit.
Whether you have one or two basic questions about the lease you are already using or you’re starting from scratch, having access to an attorney with experience in landlord and tenant law can help you develop the documents you need to run a profitable rental business.
Educate yourself about core lease terms below, or get legal help now.
Given the investment you’ve made and the potential problems that can arise once you have a tenant occupying your rental unit, when you can have an attorney review the lease and provide legal advice for the price of one business lunch, it’s a total no-brainer.
How to Protect Your Rights When Leasing a Property
Maximize income stability and minimize rental gaps with the right lease term for your properties.
Avoid penalties and other hiccups by making sure your financial terms are legal and protect your investment.
Are roommates allowed? What about pets? Be sure to cover common circumstances with clear language.
Learn about landlord rights and responsibilities under Federal Law to ensure you don’t end up in court.
Get sound legal advice to manage problem tenants.
Once you have leased a rental unit, there are a variety of legal issues that can pop up along the way. Having an attorney on call can be a big help with common challenges such as the following.
- Tenant is late with the rent
- Tenant has a pet or unapproved roommate living in the unit
- Tenant has damaged the property or broken the law
- You are receiving complaints about the tenant from a neighbor or the police
- Tenant has filed a complaint against you claiming you’ve violated their rights
When tenants push you, a LegalShield membership gives you the power to push back in a legally sound, fiscally responsible manner. Sometimes, the least stressful and most successful way to deal with a difficult tenant is to let your provider attorney help.
Access Additional Legal Resources for Landlords
Whether you have a written lease or a tenant under a verbal agreement, you have rights and options for dealing with problem tenants quickly and effectively.
Is eviction your best option? Do you understand the specific laws and processes you must follow? Educate yourself before you take action.
Tenants have a variety of powerful legal defenses to pause or stop an eviction. Study the defenses ahead of time so you can be prepared to defeat them.
How to handle the end of a lease term without causing unnecessary legal problems.
When a lease is coming to an end or you as the landlord want to get out of a lease early, a variety of legal questions and complications can arise. It’s important to understand the laws in your state to avoid gaps in rental income or worse, finding yourself in a lawsuit with a tenant.
Do you have questions about any of these scenarios?
- What circumstances allow me to use funds from a tenant’s security deposit?
- If I can legally use security deposit funds, how do I document everything and notify the tenant?
- What should I do about a holdover tenant that won’t leave?
- Do I have to renew a lease if the tenant requests it?
- I’ve sold the property, how do I handle the transition?
If a lease is ending, everything is fine and the tenant simply plans to move out, great. That’s the way everyone hoped it would go at the outset. However, if there are any hiccups or issues that pop up near the end of a lease term, it’s best to immediately contact an experienced attorney who can assess the situation and guide you to take actions that follow all applicable laws and avoid unnecessary legal problems.
Resources to Make Lease End Easy
There are lots of moving parts at the end of a lease and you’d be well served by speaking with an attorney to help you resolve any disputes with grace and minimal financial impact. Get started with these helpful articles, checklists and templates.
Many states require landlords to return security deposits within 14 days. What’s the story in your state?
Learn how you must notify, document and manage property damage situations at the end of a lease.
Experienced attorneys can help you end a lease due to a sale or deal with a tenant trying to skip out early.
Some legal issues may have to be handled a bit differently if you have a tenant without a written lease.
Landlord Resource Center
Find answers to common questions and get the knowledge you need
to enter and exit rental agreements with confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Instead of paying an attorney by the hour, you pay a small monthly fee (starting at $24.95) and have access to an independent attorney that will provide a huge variety of legal services without a huge legal bill. Services like consultation with an attorney, document review, drafting of debt collection letters and defense at civil trials are included as standard benefits. Using the plan just once can save you literally thousands of dollars. Watch the video on our home page for more information.
Using the plan is as simple as signing up and contacting our team. Once you’re a member, customer support will connect you with an independent attorney in your area who specializes in the specific legal issue with which you need help. Also, you can download our super simple app to quickly access your legal benefits and member perks anytime.
You can use your plan as soon as your membership application is reviewed and your account is set up. The review process takes 12 - 24 hours (or less) from the moment you purchase your plan (on regular business days). Once accepted, you can be in contact with an attorney in 4 hours or less and begin to use the plan benefits and member perks outlined in the membership agreement right away.
The average attorney in the US charges between $150 - $400 per hour. If you use your membership for even just a few hours a year you could easily save over $1000. If you have a bunch of small legal issues or one rather complicated issue, you can easily save multiple thousands of dollars over hiring an attorney directly. Not to mention the stress you’ll save by having an attorney on call instead of trying to handle legal issues yourself. Also, the attorneys in our network often help our members recover thousands of dollars of damages or avoid thousands of dollars in fees over what they would have experienced had they tried to resolve the legal issue themselves. Obviously every member and usage situation is different, but when used correctly, your membership can easily save significant amounts of money. Not to mention savings from our member perks.
Our Personal Plan is really a family plan. You, your spouse or partner and your dependents living at home are covered under one membership.
There is more information about this on the Personal Plan Coverage & Pricing Page.
One of the two most valuable and commonly used benefits of a LegalShield plan is the ability to get unlimited legal advice and to have your provider attorney review documents. If you’re having a landlord/tenant dispute, simply contact LegalShield and your provider attorney can review your lease agreement or any other relevant documents (up to 15 pages each) and provide advice. Once they have all the information, your provider attorney can help you understand your rights and your chances of getting your demands met. Also, if you have a winning argument, your provider attorney can take action on your behalf, like making a call or writing a letter to the tenant, to help resolve the issue in your favor.