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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Landlord - Tenant, Sexual Harassment and Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a few questions about eviction and sexual harassment in the workplace and my right to get my taxes back from the

I have a few questions about eviction and the right to get my taxes back from the hotel I was residing in. I think it will be a very easy case , and I was residing at the hotel when I was confronted by the general manager for allegedly soliciting, but I was told to be smart and not to have any... Read more »

James J. Hux
James J. Hux answered on Aug 3, 2021

This doesn’t really sound like an easy case and is complicated. Make sure you contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible to discuss this in more detail. Some will offer free initial consultations.

Attorney James J. Hux

Hux Law Firm LLC

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I rent from my parents. Can they move someone else in and tell me either deal with it or leave?

My partner and I have rented from my parents since March. No lease, but an informal list of expectations was sent via facebook messenger. My mother decided that my sister and her boyfriend could move in earlier this momth, and that if I have a problem I could move out. I cannot afford to move out;... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 26, 2021

In short, yes they can. You are free to negotiate a new lease agreement with them taking the change into consideration, but it is their house. If additional issues arise and you are unable to stay there, you can try to argue constructive eviction, but that can be difficult. For a detailed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can an apartment evict you over late fees?

The rent was paid in full and accepted for July on July 3. However on July 20, my mother received a notice to leave the premises in three days for nonpayment of a $75 late fee. There was never any previous notice about a late fee, and she wasn’t even late, the money was taken out of her account... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 21, 2021

They can try, and possibly succeed. Talk to the landlord and try to work it out, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: My mother wants to kick out my brother who helps take care of her.. she has dementia and alzheimers what can he do

She (my mother) tells everyone that it's his house ...he gives her money when he can hes an artist (tattoo):and covid has put a huge issue as business goes but he does wait on her hand and foot ....can she kick him out with no notice no nothing no eviction papers

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 21, 2021

If the proper eviction process is not followed, then he could sue her for unlawful eviction. It sounds like she needs help. If she is not mentally competent, and she has not executed a power of attorney, then someone might need to apply to become her guardian. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hello

I have a rental property, and my step daughter was living in it for rent free. We recenlty parted ways and she wants to take the shed from the property. can she leggally do that or is that a permanant fixture.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 20, 2021

Typically it is considered a fixture, but it could theoretically vary depending on the specifics. See Section 5701.02 of the Ohio Revised Code (link below).

https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-5701.02

If the issue continues, you may want to retain an attorney to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can I get my previous landlord to return my deposit if they have not sent it to me after over 2 months of moving out?

I moved out of my house at the end of April. At the time of moving out I was in good standings with the landlord. June came around and I had not heard anything from them. I sent them an email with my new address, requesting a check with my deposit and an itemized receipt of deductions. They got... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 19, 2021

Ohio law requires landlord to return a deposit and a list of any deductions within 30 days or tenant can sue in small claims court for 2x the amount plus attorney fees. See this link. https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-5321.16 Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My Daughter is trying to get her ex boyfriends name off her apartment lease. He hasn't lived there for almost a year.

She has had major problems with him she finally got his key back and absolutely nothing in the apartment is his. They are going to be going through a custody battle come November and she needs to get on assistance for insurance for the child and she can't until his name is off the lease.... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 13, 2021

If she doesn't have an attorney, she should use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to assist her with the custody and child support issues, and communicate with the landlord about the problem. with the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Landlord didnt remove me off month to month lease in 2014 and is trying to sue me now... after telling me they would

They agreed to remove me after explaining the abuse situation... my ex continued to live there and I move back to ohio

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 9, 2021

If this is based on a Lease in Pennsylvania, then you need to post this under that State. Ohio laws are different from PA in most instances. From the facts provided, I'm not optimistic about anyone being able to answer your question as posed. To determine what legal obligations you have and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord legally do this and what is my course of action if any?

I recently signed a lease for an apartment and parking spots, a couple weeks after I signed and just two weeks before we move, we get an email from our new leasing office. The email states that the apartment we looked at won't be available on the move in date and they offer us an upgraded... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 7, 2021

You could sue landlord for breach of contract for a court to decide if what landlord did was a breach of contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I paid rent and they said they couldn’t find the money. They want me out today. What do I do? We have no where to go.

I paid rent for June it was late but I took pictures before I put it in the office. They’re now trying to evict me saying they never got the money. They say they only got the 344 I gave them the 15th. But I gave the last 220.05 and $40 Monday the 21st and then Wednesday. I’m unsure of what I... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 28, 2021

If landlord tries to force you out -- that would be an unlawful eviction. If landlord tries that, call the police. Landlord must follow the proper eviction process, which takes a few weeks. But if you cannot prove that landlord received the total rent money with a signed written receipt signed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: We rent in OHIO. We’ve kept up rent till this coming month we don’t have it.

Our landlord refuses payment from any outside source or legal aides of any kind. And they charge us $700 in eviction “costs” even if we don’t go to court at all if we don’t pay it before the 5th of the month. Is this legal? And what are my options since I have no money to pay for July and... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2021

If your local court is not enforcing the eviction moratorium, or if the moratorium expires on June 30 as currently scheduled, then if you cannot work it out with the landlord so you can stay, then the landlord can file an eviction, and you will be evicted. But that process takes about 3 or 4... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: If I were to take her to small claims court over my deposit would I win? Thanks!

I bought the home I've lived in and rented for the last 4 years. The landlord never had to fix anything and always praised us for keeping the house so nice. The house was even appraised at more than she bought it for because we've kept it so nice the last 4 years and did a little work... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 21, 2021

It depends on the terms of the lease agreement. For a definitive answer I suggest bringing everything to an attorney so he or she can perform a detailed analysis and advise you.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can A rental office refuse to renew my lease even if I’ve never had problems and always been early on rent ?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 17, 2021

Unless a lease gives tenant a right of renewal, landlord has no obligation to renew, and does not need a reason for non-renewal. Try to negotiate a new lease, but you must find a new place otherwise.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How does it work?

If my landlord files an eviction because I didn’t leave upon the end of my lease, if I move out before the eviction process is done, what happens? Will the court continue the eviction ruling and evict me or add it on my credit report ?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

The court and landlord could proceed with the eviction to legally terminate your tenancy. The landlord could make an adverse entry on your credit record, but the court does not do that. Try to work it out with landlord to avoid that and to get the eviction dismissed, although it will still show... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: What should I do?

I live in an apartment that I lived in for 3 years with my family, we found a place to move to but it’s available 1 month after the expiry of the lease and we haven’t been able to find anything else, I talked to my landlord and said I can’t keep you here for a month, we can’t move out... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

If you don't leave when your lease ends, then landlord would have to file an eviction to get you out. But the eviction process can take 3 or 4 weeks. So that would be the extra month you need. Tell your landlord that, and try to resolve staying for that extra month.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Why would a apartment complex send out a fine through a lawyer verse the security team as usual?

Receiving a 200 dollar fine for something they just put into order. Normally fines , 30 day notices ect are sent out through security but this time they said it will be send via mail from their lawyer. When asked they wouldn’t supply a reason as to why it was being done this way

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 15, 2021

Perhaps they want additional formalities to show proof that notice was received? Without more facts it would just be guessing.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: What are my rights?

I have been in my apartment for 4 years. This past Friday I received a letter stating my landlord will not be renewing my lease. My rent is current and paid each month. The only complaints I've had have been from the last 2 weeks about my emotional support animals barking. My landlord asked me... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 14, 2021

Unless you have a renewal option in your lease, landlord has no legal obligation to renew it. Even if his decision not to renew is because of your emotional support animals, he can still refuse. In theory, you could try to say that was some kind of retaliation or disability violation or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My lease is up on June 19th and the new rental can not guarantee it will be ready until June 30th. What are my rights?

I have left several messages with our current property manager but have yet to hear back from them. We have been legal tenants for just over 2 years with no issues. The landlord offered us a lease renewal, but we elected to decline and turned in a 60 day notice as is required in our lease. The... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 10, 2021

Your landlord would have to evict you, yes. But you don’t want an eviction just especially before you’re set to sign a new lease. After all, the new landlord may decide not to rent to you. So yes you have the legal right to get evicted, which would take longer than the two weeks, but that’s... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Do I have to evict someone who has stayed for 5 days
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 2, 2021

Talk to your local police. If they won't help get them out, then you will have to follow the eviction process. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I signed a 2 year lease and fell behind due to Covid, paid in full now. My landlord claims lease is broken and selling

What are my rights?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 24, 2021

An owner can always sell property, even if leased to a tenant. But the buyer must honor the lease for the remainder of the lease term. The lease does not end when the property is sold, and so long as the tenant is not currently in default or does not breach the lease, there is no grounds for an... Read more »

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