UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Disputes between landlords and tenants will occur and typically are about deposits being withheld or long delays in the return of deposits. Repairs not being completed as promised is also an issue for tenants. Attempting to calmly and reasonably resolve the conflict with your landlord should always be attempted first. As a tenant involved in a dispute, it is imperative that you keep all documentation, especially receipts for payments made, repair requests, and work orders. These could prove invaluable if the conflict cannot be resolved without legal action. If no resolution can be reached with your landlord on your own, you may need to resort to such action.
There are various legal means of resolving a dispute between you and your landlord. They include mediation, hiring legal representation, and small claims court. You can also file an official complaint with the Bureau of Consumer Protection using this form. Call local attorneys and inquire about the cost of sending letters of demand for return of your deposit or other minor legal maneuvering that may result in speedy results. If the attorney's fees are too expensive, use the resources below to investigate the steps you need to take to resolve the conflict.