Be particularly careful where a tenant has left the property unoccupied for extended periods.Although the agreement may stipulate that the property must not be left unoccupied beyond, say, 14 days, without informing the landlord, you cannot assume that the tenant has left voluntarily.
As service animals become more mainstream to treat even more conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), landlords need to get up to date on federal law as it applies to this situation, because there may not be an attempt to discriminate, but HUD will levy discrimination charges, regardless of intent, which can be costly and time consuming.Harassment occurs when landlords or letting agents interfere with a tenant’s quiet enjoyment of their residential tenancy.This can be anything from too many menacing visits to the property, without reasonable notice, to interfering with essential utilities such as the electricity supply, or just simply bullying and threatening behaviour.Never be tempted to coerce or otherwise pressurise tenant/s into leaving no matter how bad they are. If you must visit tenants under strained circumstances try always to take along an independent witness.
It is very difficult to prove a negative, so if you are wrongfully accused of harassment you might find yourself in a very difficult situation if you don’t have a witness.
In England & Wales harassment is both a civil and criminal offence and is taken seriously by the law enforcers – the police and the courts.