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Landlord - Tenant Questions & Answers

Q: Rent includes utilities.Can a landlord raise the rent if he decides you use to much utilities?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on Sep 8, 2014

Answered on Sep 9, 2014

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Paula J. Mcgill's answer
Look at your written lease about utitlities and adding additional appliances, among other provisions. If you don't understand your lease, take it to and attorney to read and explain it to you. As far as coming into your apartment for no reason, unless the lease says otherise, you are entitled to what is called quite enjoyment. As a result, under non-emergency, repair circumstances, or other instance set out in your lease, the landlord cannot enter your place.

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Q: I am holding a ground rent lease belonging to my deceased parents. How do I go about transferring this lease to my name

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on Aug 11, 2014

Answered on Sep 5, 2014

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Thomas C. Valkenet's answer
The dead parent's estate must execute a deed, through the Personal Representative, passing title to the ground rent. A right to ground rent is an interest in land, and so it must be passed like any other interest in land, by a deed.

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Q: what do I do if a landlord refuses to take the rent from an administrator In an estate

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on Sep 3, 2014

Answered on Sep 5, 2014

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Thomas C. Valkenet's answer
Context is important. Was the lease in default before you attempted to pay? What does the lease say about death of the primary lessee? What reason was given for the refusal? You raise many questions that must be investigated before you will get meaningful advice.

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Q: Lease agreement question

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on Sep 3, 2014

Answered on Sep 5, 2014

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Thomas C. Valkenet's answer
If the other person is deemed a tenant, like you, then it is the landlord who would evict. Each tenant enjoys protections against the landlord's intrusions. But if the other person is deemed a sub-let, you step in the shoes of the landlord and can evict. Beyond this general answer, it will require having someone read your documents and interview you about all the facts.

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Q: I have to break my lease, but my landlord is requiring me to pay rent until he finds a tenant. Is this legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on Aug 28, 2014

Answered on Aug 30, 2014

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Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
Your rights depend largely on the language of the lease. Consider getting a copy and consulting with an attorney.

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Q: Can a tenant sue his landlord for property damage due to neglect and untimely repairs?

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on Aug 14, 2014

Answered on Aug 14, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
Sure. But do not delay. There is a statute of limitations.

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Q: How do I notify my delaware tenants that I want them to leave if there is no lease?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Delaware on Aug 4, 2014

Answered on Aug 4, 2014

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Michael L. Sensor Esq.'s answer
If you have no written lease with your tenants, it's deemed to be a month-to-month lease. You must follow the requirements of the Delaware Landlord-Tenant Code to remove them. You can read the Code here:

http://legis.delaware.gov/Legislature.nsf/1688f230b96d580f85256ae20071717e/1f058f9cecf0e1bd85256f7000607756/$FILE/lanten.pdf

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Q: I rent month to month. However the landlord sold the house using a short sale. It has not closed yet. Can I request leas

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on Jul 31, 2014

Answered on Aug 3, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Sure, if you like the place. Ask for the new owner's contact information and set up a meeting, call , or discussion regarding whether they are interested in continuing the tenancy and under what terms.

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Q: if landlord terminates lease early does tenant still have to pay remander of lease

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on Jul 30, 2014

Answered on Aug 2, 2014

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Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
That depends on the terms of the lease agreement and on the reason, if any, for the termination of the lease.

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Q: Do I have to pay my full rent if my yard is unusable? The yard was why I chose this park.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on Jul 17, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Review your lease agreement with a practicing attorney. Hopefully, you incorporated the park/yard maintenance as a term of the lease and you will have contractual rights that may be enforced. If not, you may have just learned an important lesson in contracting for important things... get it in writing.

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Q: Is the eviction process and notices different between residential and commercial properties in Rhode Island?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on Jul 28, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, the laws and procedures (and defenses) differ substantially. Retain a practicing attorney to ensure the matter is handled professionally and effectively.

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Q: leasing unowned property

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Delaware on Jul 22, 2014

Answered on Jul 24, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
If you're listed on the lease as the landlord, it's unlikely that the question of ownership will ever come up at trial.

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Q: I signed as guarantor on lease renewal. My daughter decided she wanted to move and didn't sign tenant am I liable

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on Jul 19, 2014

Answered on Jul 19, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
A lawyer would have to read the document you signed. However, as a general rule, if you signed a document stating that you would pay the rent if your daughter failed to pay, then you would normally be liable.

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Q: Do I have the responsibility to pay two months' worth of rent after moving out if my landlord cannot find a new tenant?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Delaware on Jul 17, 2014

Answered on Jul 19, 2014

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Charles Snyderman's answer
Delaware law provides that when a lease is month to month, the landlord or the tenant can terminate the lease by giving the other a minimum of 60 days notice. The 60 days begins to run on the 1st day of the month following the date of the notice. You are responsible for the rent during this 60 day period.

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Q: Landlord has not paid the mortgage on the house I rent. What are my rights as a tenant?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on Jul 14, 2014

Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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Sabina Tomshinsky's answer
You should continue to pay rent or risk being evicted for nonpayment of rent. You should also be aware of Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009. This Act extends additional protections for tenants in foreclosed properties.

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Q: What to do if my roommate refuses to pay rent?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on Jul 13, 2014

Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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Yasmin Gamboa's answer
Normally if a roommate is on the lease, you would need to inform your landlord. They can send a notice warning eviction.

However, since your roommate is not on the lease, your only option is to start the eviction process against him/her.

If you are in NYC you may get more information on the process here: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/holdover_roommate.shtml

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Q: Should I have an attorney if I am signing a rental lease for one year and paying the year lease in full?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on Jul 14, 2014

Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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Yasmin Gamboa's answer
It is always a good idea to have an attorney review all contracts (includes leases). With that said, most people don't use an attorney to sign a lease. However because you are paying a large sum, it might be best to make sure that if the lease terminates early, for reasons stated in the lease, you have the ability to be refunded some of the money.

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