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Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes: Exploring All Options with Rubin Lewis O’Brien

When a dispute arises between a landlord and tenant it can be a particularly stressful and uncertain time for all parties involved. Disputes between landlords and tenants can arise for a number of reasons including rent increases, property condition and rent arrears.

Our experienced dispute resolution solicitors are committed to providing you with the advice and support necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. Where possible, we aim to resolve matters quickly and without the need for the intervention of the court.

There are a number of methods that can be utilised to resolve landlord and tenant disputes. Some of these methods and their benefits are outlined below.


Mediation offers a collaborative approach to dispute resolution and involves a neutral third-party assisting parties to come to an agreement that works for everyone. Mediation can be a constructive way to address conflicts between landlord and tenants outside of the courtroom.

Here are some potential benefits of mediation:

Preservation of Relationships: Mediation does not attempt to apportion blame and can help landlords and tenants preserve their relationships and avoid any further animosity.

Cost-Effective: Mediation can be more cost-effective than litigation if conducted at an early stage due to the significant amount of work involved when a matter is litigated.

Timely Resolution: Mediation can be scheduled at short notice, allowing parties to address their concerns quickly.

Control Over Outcome: Parties retain control over the outcome of mediation, its collaborative nature allows parties arrive at a solution that meets their unique needs and interests.


Negotiations are a process by which parties can have an open discussion with the aim of reaching a conclusion that is mutually beneficial. Negotiations are another method of alternative dispute resolution that does not require the intervention of a court.

Here are some potential benefits of negotiation:

De-escalation: Negotiations can prevent conflicts from further escalating and can allow parties to reach an amicable agreement.

Cost-Effective: Negotiations can be an effective way of avoiding a matter being litigated. However, negotiation can take place at any-time, meaning that if proceedings are issued there is still scope for the matter to be resolved prior to being decided by a judge.

Universal: Negotiations are an appropriate form of alternative dispute resolution for the majority of disputes and can be utilised even in the most complicated landlord and tenant disputes.


Litigation is the process whereby a dispute is determined by a court.  In some circumstances where an agreement cannot be reached between parties, litigation may be a necessary step to ensure that parties can exercise their legal rights and seek appropriate remedies.

Our experienced litigation team are well-equipped to help you navigate relevant legal procedures and will advocate for your interests.

Resolving disputes between landlords and tenants requires thoughtful consideration of all available options. Whether you choose to pursue a collaborative path to resolution or whether you seek the intervention the courts, Rubin Lewis O’Brien is here to provide the guidance and representation you need. We are committed to helping you navigate your dispute with confidence and to achieve favourable outcomes. If you are facing a dispute with your landlord or tenant, reach out to our team for personalised legal assistance tailored to your specific needs.


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