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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: So my stepgrandmother got the property when my grandfather died and my dad has been living there for over 30 years

Now she is trying to kick them out because they are only the step kids but my grandpa's wishes was for them to stay on the property and it be divided between the kids after she dies but she's trying to kick them out is there something he can do

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling answered on Oct 19, 2021

Very sorry to hear about this. I suspect your grandfather did not give legal effect to his intent, so your options are limited. It's worth talking to an attorney about, but you should keep your expectations low.

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I am the main-applicant of my apartment. Can I get co-applicant evicted

The co-applicant is my girlfriend. She constantly harasses and threatens me. She will scream and yell for hours if need be. She does not help with any bills or household necessities (including food). She has no problem slandering me or my family constantly. She has no respect for me or anything in... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 15, 2021

If you are both tenants on the lease, then you are in a tough spot. If she was just listed on the application as a resident and you are the sole renter on the lease, you likely could evict here. But if you are both true tenants, it is unlikely that you would have any superior right over her to... Read more »

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Q: (OHIO) Is/was it legal for a landlord to raise the price of rent during covid pandemic?

Had verbal agreement with father of land lord (original landlord), to never raise the rent as long as occupying residence.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 13, 2021

There was a moratorium that prevented some evictions during the pandemic, but nothing that prevented changes in rent. Without a written agreement specifying the lease rent, then it is month-to-month tenancy, and the landlord can change the rent or any other terms, or even terminate the tenancy by... Read more »

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Q: In Ohio, can a landlord prevent a tenant from being present during a final inspection before move out

I have moved out of my apartment and attempted to schedule the final walkthrough but the landlord indicated that they do not do final inspections with the tenants, which makes me concerned about their intentions during the walkthrough. Do I have any right in the eyes of state law to be present

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 11, 2021

Nothing requires landlord to have tenant accompany on a final inspection. If not arranged before vacating, tenant should make its own detailed inspection including photographs when all belongings have been removed, to be able to document the condition if landlord makes any deductions from the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord evict you so he can move in?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Oct 8, 2021

Look to the terms of your lease agreement. As long as he complies with his legal obligations then it doesn't matter what his subsequent plans for the property are. The landlord is the owner and can do what he wants with the property.

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Q: Can my rent be increased during a pandemic? Are we still classified as in a pandemic?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 30, 2021

Rent can be increased as provided in the lease. Or if the lease expires, landlord can increase the rent for the new lease term. The moratorium on evictions expired. There were no restrictions on rent increases because of the pandemic.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hi I was just wondering/want to ask and find out for sure for sure for someone I know.

I wanted to ask and double check and make sure for sure because his landlord is starting to throw him out because he's a little behind on his rent for this month and everything but I was wondering and wanted to make sure if because he's old and he's disabled he's like 60... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 24, 2021

It is good that you are willing to help. A landlord can evict any tenant who is behind on rent, even if only a little behind. Talk to the landlord, and then talk to local senior services agencies or rental agencies that might be able to help the tenant pay rent or find him a new place if he is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can my mother in law kick her boyfriend out of her apartment?

Mother in law and her boyfriend moved into an over 55 community in Ohio. He is not on the lease and doesn't pay any of the lease payments. He does give her money once a month to help pay for things. She discovered he's been making unauthorized charges on a credit card that he got in... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 23, 2021

If he asserted a legal right to stay, then the manager could file an eviction. Talk to the manager about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How long does a property mgmt company have to fix a broken elevator? It's been 6 weeks.

This is the only elevator in a 5 story building.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

I would suggest reviewing the contract between the Owner of the Building and the property management company to see what the terms of service require. Beyond that, you would need to evaluate the particular circumstances to see if there is good cause for the delay. If not, there may be a breach of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can my landlord change terms of my signed lease?

My lease is up next month and on the signed lease it states “after lease end date, lease will go month-to-month” (vs signing for another full year) “until either party gives 60 day notice to move). My landlord send me a new copy of the lease to sign, where it is a lease for another full year.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 14, 2021

Well, they can’t really get out of the month to month provision but a month to month lease is subject to renegotiation every month so they could say the rent is going up and not renew you unless you agree to the higher rent.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a 30 day notice be given via text message?

We are month to month at our current residence and our landlord gave us a 30 day notice via text message. Does this legally hold up? We are having a very hard time finding any rentals in our area and I was kind of hoping this might buy us a little more time to find something since the landlord is... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 14, 2021

Typically, it must be "in writing," which means on paper given to tenant, posted on the tenant's door, etc. But it depends on what your lease says or what your local court will accept as an effective lease termination notice. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Retaliatory $100 rent increase after inspection. Any recourse?

I complained to my elderly landlady how cold my tiny rental house (mo.-to-mo., no lease) was this winter, and the vents clogged with dust. Nothing was done. So I applied for a low-income energy inspection through an OH state dev. program (COAD). I got approved & an inspection date. I informed... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 13, 2021

With only a month to month lease, there is no guarantee of rent, and no limit on any rent increases, even if they seem retaliatory. A month to month tenancy can be terminated by either landlord or tenant by giving 30 days notice in writing. So try to work it out with landlord after she calms... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can I immediately evict a tenant if they threaten property damage through text? He’s also verbally threatened my fiancé.

He’s been staying with us for awhile, he hasn’t paid rent this month and hasn’t paid bills from the month prior. He also made himself a liability when he constantly gets drunk and plays with his firearms. When confronted, he verbally threatened my fiancé while I was at work and told us he... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 8, 2021

If rent is unpaid, deliver a 3-day notice to vacate, then file an eviction action. If you just change the the locks and throw his things outside, he could sue you for wrongful eviction. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Landlord won’t renew lease. Lease ends sept 15. I told him I can’t move until oct 15 can I get in trouble if I stay
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 7, 2021

If you don't vacate when the lease expires, then landlord can file an eviction, which is a permanent court record that can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the court records. So try to work it out with landlord to avoid an eviction being filed against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: If I haven't paid rent in 2 months and broke my probation then go to my landlord for payment options can he deny me

My land lord is a private land lord

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 3, 2021

Landlords do not have to accept payment of back rent, and can file an eviction. Try to work it out to avoid an eviction being filed, since it is a permanent court record and can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the records.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I have a barn people have been renting for storage and are now 5 months behind on rent. How do I evict them in Ohio?

They have refused to sign a new lease and are on a month to month basis. I notified them Tuesday (8/31/21) that they need to either be current or have all their belongings removed by Friday (9/3/21). Per the lease they have to be current on rent to maintain access to their items.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 2, 2021

If it is a month to month lease, then either party can give 30 days written notice to terminate the lease at the end of a month. The notice must be specific. Proper notice given on 8/31 would terminate the lease on 9/30. If the tenants are not out 10/1, then landlord must give a written 3-day... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: can a property managment company change the way rent it paid mid lease if it cost me more money?

now have to pay through there app which has a $50 fee. will no longer take checks/moneyorders at the office like they have since i moved in

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 1, 2021

It depends on exactly how the lease says a tenant must pay rent. If it says landlord can designate the method and place of payment, then landlord could require that. Talk to landlord about the extra $50 charge. But if you don't pay rent they way landlord demands, then landlord could file to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: ow the heck can anyone live ....Landlord sold my house here i stand what are my rights ? Owner decide on no lease renew
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 26, 2021

A purchaser must honor the lease rights of any tenant when it purchases a house that is leased. The tenant's lease remains in effect, including any renewal rights. But unfortunately for the tenant, if the lease does not give tenant the right to renew the lease, or does not automatically... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: What do we do when the tenant in duplex beside us is smoking crack meth and its coming thru our walls making us sick??

I am elderly with health issues. I am getting migraines. Rapid heart beat. Nausea. Dizzy lightheaded. I have 3 underage grandbabies here last night and they were exposed to it. Landlord refuses to do anything about it

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 23, 2021

Have you called the police? It is illegal to smoke crack and meth.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My landlord illegally towed my car off the property and over 25 miles, do I have a case

The tow away zone sign on the building lists a different company from the one that towed my vehicle so I couldn't locate my car until the property manager looked into it and found out who towed it and they towed it over 25 miles away from my residence

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 17, 2021

It is a minor misdemeanor to not have proper signage about towing. See this link: https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-4513.601 You could try working it out with landlord to reimburse you. Tell landlord you will talk to police or prosecutor. Or you could sue in small claims court... Read more »

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