Q: Are my brother and sister in law breaking laws and do I have a case against them?
I live in Batavia, Oh, in the front bedroom of my brother's house. There was an agreement made that I pay 200 a month but no lease agreement as made and signed. Is this legal? I have proof with my bank statement that I have paid but they refused to give me a receipt or any documtation showing that they received payment. What can I do and do I have a case against them with my bank statement?
A: Do you have a case for what? If your bank statement shows a canceled check to them, that should be proof for most any purpose. A written lease is not required, but there can be a dispute over rental terms. If there is no written lease, it is a month to month tenancy, and a month to month tenancy can be terminated at the end of any month by either landlord or tenant by giving 30 days notice.
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