My landlord is ignoring me - what should I do?

Renter Dec 12, 2022

If you're in the frustrating situation of having a landlord who won't respond to your requests, you're probably feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. It's important to remember that as a tenant, you have rights and there are steps you can take to protect yourself and get the situation resolved.

First, it's crucial to document everything. Keep a record of all communication with your landlord, including emails, text messages, and any written correspondence. This will be important if you need to take legal action later on.

Next, try to reach out to your landlord again, using different methods of communication if necessary. This could mean calling them, sending them a certified letter, or even knocking on their door if they live on the property. Be persistent, but also be polite and professional. It's possible that your landlord simply hasn't seen your previous messages or didn't understand the urgency of the situation.

If your landlord still won't respond, you may need to escalate the situation. Depending on the laws in your area, you may be able to file a complaint with your local housing authority or take your landlord to small claims court. It's important to research the laws in your area and consult with an attorney if necessary.

In the meantime, if your landlord is ignoring urgent requests, such as for repairs, you may have the right to make the repairs yourself and deduct the cost from your rent. Again, it's crucial to research the laws in your area and proceed with caution.

Overall, dealing with a landlord who won't respond can be incredibly frustrating, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and get the situation resolved. Remember to document everything, be persistent, and know your rights as a tenant.

Jamie Campbell

Co-founder of Fronted