Generally, the best piece of advice that we give to tenants and landlords is to get things in writing. Getting things in writing is the best way to prove that something really happened, and that it happened the way that you remember. It's the way to have that all-important paper trail.
But what about the moments where the other person doesn't want to sign an agreement, where they are not interested in negotiating the nitty-gritty? Where the most that you can get is a quick verbal conversation?
Then you should send this letter. Or something like it - keep it polite, write down the details, and make sure you write down that last line (that you'll assume this is correct unless you hear otherwise in writing).
Short and sweet today, folks.
I've written in the past about getting things in writing!
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