Columbus, OH asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: Am I liable for eviction if my landlord banned items without it being stated in the lease?

They sent out a notice banning space heaters, excessive TVs, fake fireplaces, mini fridges, microwaves and more but none of these things are in the lease. They don't have any banned items in the lease at all.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: If your landlord has implemented new rules banning items like space heaters, TVs, and other appliances, but these were not originally included in your lease agreement, it can raise concerns about your rights and obligations. Generally, a lease agreement is a binding contract that outlines the terms both you and your landlord agree to follow. If specific items or rules were not prohibited in the signed lease, introducing new restrictions after the fact without your consent may not be enforceable in the same way as terms originally agreed upon in the lease.

However, landlords may have the right to update rules for safety reasons or to comply with new regulations. It's important to review your lease for any clauses that allow for rule changes or updates during the lease term. Communication with your landlord is key. Discuss your concerns and seek to understand the rationale behind these new restrictions. It might be possible to negotiate or reach a compromise that works for both parties.

If you feel that these new rules unfairly affect you or violate your lease terms, you might want to seek legal advice. A legal professional can help you understand your rights and options based on your specific situation and local laws. Remember, maintaining open and respectful communication with your landlord can often lead to a more favorable resolution for both sides.

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