Landlord Tenant Self Help
Brown and Crouppen only handles injury cases, so we are not experts in landlord-tenant law. But our clients sometimes have these sorts of problems, so we’ve set up this webpage for some practical advice.
Should I Sue?
Why you are considering a lawsuit? Are you asking for something the law or a contract requires? If so, a lawsuit might make sense. If what you really want is revenge, think twice. Take a few days to cool off. There may be better uses of your time and energy.
Hire a Lawyer or Go “pro se”?
Lawyers can be expensive. Representing yourself without an attorney is called “pro se.” (“for oneself.”) A good rule of thumb is – if the case can be handled in small claims court, you may not need an attorney.
If your case cannot be handled in small claims court, please consult a qualified attorney.
How to Find an Attorney?
- Please visit www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org for more information.
Can it be Settled Without Going to Court?
A successful settlement involves everyone winning something. It helps if you consider the other side’s point of view. Why are they doing what they’re doing?
How to Negotiate
- Be reasonable. Want your security deposit back? A reasonable outcome is getting all or most of the deposit back and nothing more.
- Plan your argument. Write a simple, unemotional explanation of why the other side is at fault.
- Put it in writing. Make it simple and use good grammar.
- No name calling. It backfires.
- Send your letter by certified mail.
- Include copies of relevant documents with your letter.
- Keep copies for yourself.
Small Claims Court – When Negotiations Don’t Work
Small claims courts allow people to present their claims to a judge without the expense of hiring a lawyer.
- Missouri: In Missouri, the cap on small claims is $3000. More information on the Missouri small claims court process can be found here: http://www.mobar.org/da48a652-2eaa-4adb-b9f0-ae0007b77912.aspx
- Illinois: In Illinois, the cap on small claims is $10,000. More information on the Illinois small claims court process can be found here: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/smlclaims.html
Please browse our website for information on the types of cases we do handle.
It’s free and it’s here just for you.