Landlord/Tenant Disputes


Landlord/tenant disputes can be particularly challenging and emotionally grueling for both parties. At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our experienced attorneys represent both landlords and tenants in disputes involving residential and commercial properties.

Some of the most common areas of dispute in which our lawyers can help include:

Rent and Lease Agreements

  • Unclear language in a lease or rental agreement
  • Unconscionable leases or lease clauses
  • Unlawful restrictions on occupancy
  • Rent overcharges

Tenant Violations

  • Tenant failure to pay rent
  • Holding over (staying in unit after the lease has expired)
  • Occupation for unlawful purposes
  • Property damage or removal of fixtures
  • Unauthorized subleasing or unauthorized occupants living in unit
  • Unauthorized pets in unit

Landlord Violations

  • Breach of warranty of habitability or failure to provide utilities
  • Unsafe or unsanitary conditions
  • Retaliation for good faith complaints
  • Harassment
  • Failure to repair or improve conditions
  • Unlawful retention of security deposits


  • Sex discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Color discrimination
  • National origin discrimination
  • Childbearing discrimination

Sometimes it becomes necessary for a landlord to evict a tenant, usually because the tenant has violated the lease by failing to pay rent on time, damaging the property, or refusing to leave after their lease has expired. Tully Rinckey’s attorneys have significant experience in all aspects of landlord-tenant law. We can assist you in pursuing an eviction against a tenant, and, if necessary, in securing a judgment for back rent or damages to your property. Our legal professionals ensure that the law is followed to the letter so that you can swiftly remove the tenant, make any necessary repairs, and get a new renter into the unit.

Similarly, if you’re a tenant experiencing a landlord who, through negligence, is creating unsafe conditions in your home, who isn’t meeting the terms of your contract, who is harassing you, or who is otherwise acting in violation of the law, our attorneys can help you pursue grievances against that individual or company. We make sure you receive fair treatment, even after you’ve left the property. If the landlord has unlawfully retained your security deposit, we can go to bat for your rights.

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, the attorneys at Tully Rinckey provide aggressive representation throughout upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island for any number of landlord-tenant issues. We protect your interests and fight to make sure you realize a fair outcome of your landlord-tenant dispute.

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