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Q: I am 1 of 3 guarantors on a commercial lease that still has a 30 month term. How can I safely leave without liability?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on Nov 19, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
If you are a guarantor under a valid lease, the only way out is satisfaction of the obligations under the lease or renegotiation of the lease.

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Q: landlord withheld security deposit on the grounds that i did not leave a receipt showing i had carpets professionally

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on Nov 20, 2014

Answered on Nov 24, 2014

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Julie A. Rice's answer
It will depend upon the exact language of the lease. If you did not abide by the terms and she can show this, then you might lose your deposit. If she won't accept the receipt simply b/c she doesn't want to pay your deposit back, then she is in the wrong and you will most likely recover.

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Q: Can my landlord force me to put my electricity in their name when it's not on my lease?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on Nov 21, 2014

Answered on Nov 24, 2014

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If they won't renew your lease, then you have a situation since the old lease is not going to govern the terms of a new lease. If the terms of new lease are that you have to have utilities set forth in a certain way and that is what you need to sign in order to renew, then most likely you are not going to have a renewal unless you can negotiate different terms.

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Q: hello i own a shop and it was given to sublet by the tenant with out my permission

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant on Nov 23, 2014

Answered on Nov 24, 2014

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If the original agreement with you and the tenant clearly states that the tenant can not sublet without your permission, then you can take the tenant to court for breaching the original contract. In Georgia, this can be done in magistrate court in the jurisdiction that is stated in the original agreement (State of Georgia). This is more complicated than explaining to you how to do it as there are many innuendos to this type of procedure, plus, in GA, if you are an incorporation then you can't...

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Q: I rent a room and the lady I rent from said I have to leave by Saturday. I get mail here. Is this legal??

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on Nov 19, 2014

Answered on Nov 21, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Do you have a contract with her? If so, read the contract. I need to know more about the facts in order to answer this question.

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Q: My son in law rented a room from a 21 one year old young man and he went to jail for petty theft and the aunt is giving

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on Oct 30, 2014

Answered on Oct 31, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Which "he" went to jail? More facts are needed, but the best thing to do is probably see an attorney immediately.

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Q: I need to take my landlord to small claims court to get my deposit back. I lost my copy of the lease. What should I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on Oct 16, 2014

Answered on Oct 21, 2014

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Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
You may be able to subpoena the documents so that he brings them to Court with him, but that is easier if you have an attorney.

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Q: 20 days after moving out of an apartment I received a bill of 450 dollars for a single Stain on the carpet. Is the apart

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on Oct 21, 2014

Answered on Oct 21, 2014

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Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
This would be a contract issue, and the law may be different depending on how many places your landlord rents out. Normally it is a question of whether the damage is part of the reasonable wear and tear, which depends on how long you rented the facilities and other factors. Simply put, there is no simple answer.

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Q: If a guest where I live becomes an unwanted guest can I have them removed or does that only come from landlord?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on Oct 5, 2014

Answered on Oct 8, 2014

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Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer
That depends on what the contract with the landlord says--if there is a contract.

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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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