Many legal disputes, whether they are actual or potential, come in all sizes for landlords and tenants. It can be a disagreement over a rent increase, responsibility over repairs, or return of a security deposit. Rarely should lawyers and litigation be the first choice for resolving a tenant-landlord dispute. Be sure you know your rights under federal, state, and local law. Make sure any and all agreements are clear and understood by all parties. Try to see if any disputes can be resolved without resulting to any legal action.