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Landlord Tenant Counsel Corporate

Company name
Southern Management Companies

College Park, MD, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Nov 18, 2021


This position advises executive, senior management and managers on various matters such as legal rights, and new and existing housing laws. Managing organization's legal matters.


Landlord/Tenant (L&T) Process:

  • Manage L&T process.
  • Represent Southern in L&T cases in multiple jurisdictions throughout Maryland and preferably, Virginia in Failure to Pay Rent Cases, Tenant Holding Over, Breach of Lease, and Wrongful Detainer matters.

Legal Compliance:

  • Monitor law changes that affect all things Landlord Tenant. Create processes to incorporate, coordinate, rollout, and communicate to stakeholders. Incorporate law changes into processes and in operative documents, including but not limited to the Residential Lease & Addenda and Notices.

Fair Housing:

  • Respond to Fair Housing complaints or other such complaints of residents or prospective residents filed with local, state, and federal housing authorities.
  • Uphold and keep abreast of all local and federal Fair Housing law and developments.

Civil Cases:

  • Represent Southern at civil hearings to conduct trials and argue motions related to Southern's effort to collect unpaid debts, defense of civil matters, or other civil matters as assigned.
  • Represent Southern in L&T-related bankruptcy matters in federal courts as necessary.
  • Draft motions for relief from stay and attend hearings.
  • Draft, review, and file pleadings and motions on Southern's behalf.

Counsel and Advise:

  • Provide legal advice and counsel to the Senior Leadership Team, (Residential Vice Presidents (RVPs), Director of Business Development, Resident Relations,
    and Communications (BDRRC), Resident Financial Services (RFS) and Quality Assurance (QA).
  • Expanded Services (upon request of and in consultation with Executive Vice President and General Counsel):
    o Provide legal advice and counsel to Communities.
    o Provide legal responses related to Civil and L&T cases on behalf of Communities (correspondence, legal positioning etc.)
    o Draft articles for Southern Weekly (Southern's weekly electronic communication to Team Members) communicating pertinent legal information.
    o Conduct Legal research as necessary including but not limited to lease interpretation disputes for residential and commercial residents.
    o Provide periodic training to team members and Communities on L&T matters and other legal topics.
    o Contribute to team/company engagement efforts.
    o Perform other duties as assigned by Manager and/or Supervisor.


  • Excellent trial management skills
  • Broad knowledge of and experience in practice areas including but not limited to landlord/tenant, fair housing, general civil litigation & procedure, and debt collections
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organizational, time management, decision making and problem solving skills
  • Must be able to understand, accept and reinforce all company policies and procedures
  • Must be able to distinguish from policies and procedures, and guidelines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when dealing with team member issues


  • Must have a juris doctor degree and must be admitted to practice in Maryland (Virginia license preferred, but not required)
  • Must be admitted to practice or be able to gain admission to practice in federal courts and bankruptcy courts

Company info

Southern Management Companies

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