TENANT and landlord relationships can go awry for a number of reasons, and either party could find themselves in a messy situation if they can’t afford lawyers fees to represent them during these disputes. The Department of Human Settlements’ Rental Housing Tribunal is the solution to this, says the department. The tribunal offers free services for tenants and landlords in legally resolving their disputes. Senior manager at the KwaZulu-Natal Tribunal, Willow Ziqubu, said the tribunal could accept complaints from landlords and tenants, mediate and conduct hearings between parties and give a legally binding ruling. “The primary function of the tribunal is to promote stability in the rental housing sector by resolving disputes that arise between tenants and landlords in residential dwellings including flats, privately owned houses, shacks, communes, backyard rooms or outbuildings,” said Ziqubu.Ziqubu said examples of unfair practise by landlords and tenants that can be reported, include the changing of locks, deposits disputes, non-payment of rent, damage to property, eviction, forced entry, overcrowding, tenant activities and maintenance issues, among others.The KZN Rental Housing Tribunal can be contacted on 031 372 1800, 031 372 1806/04 or email info.rht@ kzndhs.gov.za - Supplied.