In almost every city within America, one of the most active section of the court system are cases that involve landlord-tenant law. The increase in lease provision issues has grown so large that many judicial systems actually have specific courts to simply deal with the issues that arise in landlord-tenant disputes. Because of the sheer amount of cases involving these legal woes, many law firms employ an army of paralegals to assist in this practice. A paralegal within a landlord-tenant law firm is charged with the task of researching and detailing the relationship between landlord and tenant, as well as all the various steps involved in the creation, review and termination of a case.
The very beginning of any landlord-tenant case is founded in the lease. In the most general sense, a lease a specific type of contract geared toward establishing a relationship between a landlord and a tenant (also referred to as a lessee). A landlord is a person who legally owns a property and a tenant is a party who rents, or leases, the property for a specified amount of time. As a paralegal, you must be well-versed in the four types of property leases:
Periodic Tenancy – This type of lease agreement continues in periods and is automatically renewed until either the landlord or tenant notifies the other party with the intent of terminating the lease agreement.
Tenancy for Years – This is among the most common types of lease agreements as it features a specific start and end date, typically for one or more years.
Tenancy at Will – This form of lease agreement is entered with the express intent that either party can terminate the lease whenever without any official form of notice.
Tenancy at Sufferance – This form of tenancy allows a tenant who unlawfully remains at a property after the lawful lease has been terminated.
As a landlord-tenant law paralegal, you’ll typically be responsible for the assisting in the drafting of a lawsuit petition. Once approved, you’ll generally be responsible to ensure the petition for a lawsuit is properly served and filed with the respective court (which also includes the affidavit of service).
Landlord-tenant law offers a unique opportunity to work within the legal industry, and there are a wide array of opportunities for professional paralegals. If you’re interested in working within a popular and constantly changing industry, then starting work as a landlord-tenant law paralegal may be your ideal choice.