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Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, tenancy disputes can pose significant legal and regulatory hurdles for foreigners in Colombia.

Our Litigation Practice Group provides comprehensive legal assistance to commercial and residential property owners as well as to local tenants in a variety of landlord-tenant matters including, but not limited to:

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  • Failure to Pay Rent:

This is one of the most common breaches of residential and commercial leases. When tenants fail to pay their rent on time a landlord may need to assess appropriate penalties, renegotiate lease terms or even evict tenant.

  • Breach of Lease Terms:

Tenants may breach existing lease agreements by running afoul of homeowner association rules, running an illegal business on the premises, not carrying appropriate business insurance or even having pets in a “no pets” property.

  • Illegal House Guest/Squatter:

Tenants sometimes invite third parties to live on leased premises in violation of the lease agreement.

  • Hold Over Tenants:

If a tenant remains on the premises following the expiration or termination of the lease agreement landlords will need to initiate eviction procedures.

  • Civil Lawsuits to Recover Damages:

If a tenant damages the premises or property on the premises beyond normal wear and tear, the landlord will need to initiate a civil law suit in order to recover damages not covered by the existing security deposit.

  • Wrongful Withholding of Security Deposit:

If a landlord/agent refuses to return the security deposit on a valid lease, tenant may need to initiate a civil law suit in order to recover damages not covered by the existing security deposit.

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