We have found that negotiations are more successful if you put as much as possible in writing.

The big landlords have powerful lawyers that hate leaving evidence of possible wrongdoing. For this reason, they strongly prefer one-on-one conversations that can later be denied. Here is why:

  • Email can easily be forwarded to the tenants association, the City Council, the Mayor, the Attorney General or reporters.
  • Leasing agents may make deceitful statements that later will haunt their employers. They often don't know the legal issues well enough to handle such situations.
  • Creating an email trail it makes it harder for landlords to delay negotiations to gain strategic advantage. Everything is time and date stamped. This gives you ammunition if they later claim that you owe penalties for not giving sufficient notice.
  • Everything in writing can later be used as evidence if you need to file a tenant petition or other legal strategy.

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