Columbus, OH asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: Am I liable if my rental agency lost the money order given when signing lease?

Company lost money order after move in. Instructed me to request refund from western union, there has been delays due to Covid-19 and rental company giving inaccurate information about what money order was lost. Constantly being harassed by notices posted on my door and emails stating I need to pay or vacate immediately. Company has even cancelled online portal access so unable to track or make online payments

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: They can't force you out. They would have to evict you to get you out, and that could take weeks. So don't let them bully you. Try to get the refund a soon as possible. If you make any rent payment, be sure to always get a signed receipt. Otherwise, you can't prove you paid, and they can file to evict you.

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