In some cases it would be to a tenant’s advantage to have no written contract. In the event of a dispute, the landlord would not be able to collect attorney’s fee, should a tenant lose a court case. Other times, a tenant might be better off with no written contract if the terms of the contract are very slanted in favor of the landlord. Most of the time, it is better to have a contract in writing to help avoid potential conflicts. This way, each person knows his or her rights and responsibilities. Landlords and tenants should keep a copy of their written agreement handy to refer to it when they have questions.