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Q: I live in a apartment and our landlord texted me today saying everyone is 5,6,7,8 have to vacate is that legal

We all have a month to month lease and she wants to raise rent again starting November 1st after she already raised it once and then kick us out before the beginning of the year.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 29, 2022

A month to month tenancy can be terminated by either landlord or tenant by giving 30 days' written notice. If a tenant does not leave, then landlord can file an eviction. If a landlord sends notice of a rent increase, and tenant does not agree, then tenant or landlord can give the 30 days... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: on land contract who has the right to evict a tenant? The seller says I can stay like he promised buyer wants me gone.

I've lived here for 12 years no problems . The buyer,seller and I had lunch B4 the sighing and both said I can stay. The seller wants me to stay and knows nothing about this . Can he over rule the buyer ? Contract in Ohio, land in Kentucky.

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Q: Can I withhold rent from my landlord for failure to repair plumbing problems?

Kitchen plumbing has leaked and been clogged up since my move in date and landlord refuses to repair the problem.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 26, 2022

If a tenant withholds rent, the landlord can file an eviction. Try to work it out with the landlord to get repairs. If that doesn't work, then after giving written notice to landlord of the problem, you can start paying rent on time each month into escrow with your local court. Check the... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord tell me to get rid of my dog, after I’ve paid a pet deposit?

In the state of Ohio, my landlord has a lease stating no pit bulls, I got a dog and She said that’s fine because she’s a mixed breed and and has no pit as far as we know. (She’s mostly a collie terrier mix) my landlord is doing inspections on the 4th and says all dogs with any pit in them... Read more »

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Q: How to monetize Small Claims judgement against landlord who violates multiple landlord tenant laws?

In addition to swindling all my deposit, my ex-landlord violated at least 5 of my rights, yet I can't sue him for these because I can't prove any monetary loss in Small Claims Court, according to the Court Clerk. So what's the point of these laws? I AM suing for deposit theft as I... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 26, 2022

You can only win what you lost unless there’s a reason for punishing the other side. If the other side is wrong in fact but not morally, you can only get compensation. Think about a car accident. It would be unfair not to compensate someone for wrecking their car. It would also be unfair to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: The property was sold under land contract. I have lived here 11 years verbal agreement that I stay but now buyer renig .

Contract written in the state of Ohio, land is in Kentucky now the buyer wants me to vacate the premises but the seller said I could stay with the buyer sitting right there with them verbal agreement. Who has legal authority to affect me the buyer or the seller ? thank you

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq
answered on Sep 23, 2022

It seems you cannot enforce the verbal agreement.

Here are 3 reasons:

1) There was no consideration for the verbal agreement. In other words, you were promised the right to stay, but you did not say if you gave anything in return, which is also known as "consideration" or...
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Q: Can landlord give you a 3 day eviction for a water bill?

I been here 12 years. This is the 4th owner. months ago He said I had a water bill for 97 dollars. I never received any invoice. He never sent me any bill. He add 25 dollars a week and 5 dollars a day for late fees. The bill got up to 277 dollars. He called me sept 14 and said that he would take... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I leased a place to live I paid off said lease and I did pay late that month but my rent was supposed to lower and get a

Title but they said I can't get my rent lowered or my title until I'm all caught up on the 1st of the month. I'm behind because I expected my rent to lower and the other Income I had left without notice. I got help from nocac but before their check cleared they charged me another 565... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Removing abusive adult son from home legally?

BIL is systematically attempting to remove MIL from her home and keep it. Claims that there is verbal agreement and refusing to leave, threatening suites. How to get him out.

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq
answered on Sep 10, 2022

She should hire an attorney, go to court and file for an eviction. However, she must follow the legal procedures regarding notice, etc.

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Q: I rented out my house & after the lease along with 3 months after that they moved out around the beginning of the last

Week of July. The renters left a vehicle & snow plow behind. They want to come get it from my property after a month & 2 weeks of the renters leaving, can they still get there stuff they left behind after 41 days of them being out of the rental property that I now live in??

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Q: Got a 3 day notice to leave the promises in the mail It was mailed out on the 29th and I just received it yesterday.

The 3 days was all ready up by the time we got the letter to move out. How's that far for us on getting a chance to get out within the 3days when we just received the letter.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hello. I am wondering if I can appeal a civil judgement in Ohio. The plaintiff is our previous landlord.

She won a 15k judgment based on nothing but lies. We have to pay 10k just for floors and walls to be painted when they look EXACTLY like they did when we moved in. We didn’t have pictures in court but now we do (we dug through our camera rolls and found tons) we moved in and the floors were awful... Read more »

Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Sep 2, 2022

First, I am not an Ohio lawyer. That being said, an appeal is always an option. Check the court rules about when you must note an appeal, and the next steps after that. It seems from your story that you might have an appeal issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I need help I'm homeless and low income. Illegal lock out and She lied on equity at the divorce. I had no lawyer

Divorced 9/07/2021 in Ohio she was awarded the house but never finished the quick deed. I never signed a quick deed.My name is on mortgage and as of now it is still on the deed. She can't refinance cause she bought a new car after the divorce. The morgage company keeps calling due to missed... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Aug 22, 2022

Parties to a Divorce can file a Motion under Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure 60 B to request the court to grant relief from a Divorce or Dissolution judgment or order. Motions can be filed based on mistakes; inadvertence; excusable neglect; newly discovered evidence; fraud; etc. The motion shall be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Neighbor smoking crack meth in duplex . It's coming thru our walls making us sick. What's our rights??

He does it all day all night. Has MM card so police won't do anything. But in Ohio it's against law to smoke MM or burn it. We talked to him he said he will do whatever he wants. It makes my grandkids sick too. What do we do

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Aug 10, 2022

Have you spoken to the landlord? Drug use is a reason a tenant can be evicted and landlords generally do not like it because they can actually be criminally liable for permitting drug abuse once it is brought to their attention.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can I claim adverse possession of a home that I’ve lived in with my mother for 25 years. She’s paid rent, not me.

It occurred to me that I’ve never been included on a lease of any sort for this house, and my mother has paid enough rent to the owner to have paid for the house twice over. Recently he’s casually mentioned that he’s thinking about selling the house & honestly I’m infuriated that he... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 8, 2022

A tenant under a lease cannot claim adverse possession in those circumstances, because the occupancy under a lease is not "adverse" to landlord, but with landlord's permission. The landlord has no obligation to offer the tenant an opportunity to buy the property, unless there is a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Grandson has DV convictions against me. He turns 18 in Jan. Do I have to evict him or can I kick him out? I have custody

I own the house. He's physically and emotionally abusive daily. He's been in detention over a dozen times in the past 5 years. He's been in short term psychiatric stays in excess of a dozen times as well. Law enforcement has been to our home multiple times and I do not feel safe.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Aug 7, 2022

If he lives regularly in the home, you have to evict him.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: its been five weeks since I left prior rental and landlord just now sending bill for false damages. What can I do ?

I lived at said property for 5 years, when i moved in the property was not cleaned nor was carpet and paint renewed. Garage had damages as well as front porch. Landlord never addressed issues. Upon leaving property after 60 day notice, 5 weeks after vacated property landlord brought a hand written... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 5, 2022

Under Ohio law, landlord has 30 days to return the security deposit and itemize any deductions. If tenant provided landlord with a forwarding address, then tenant can sue landlord for 2x the security deposit plus attorney fees.

See this link:...
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Q: I have a guest who I thought was a friend living in my house occupying one of three bedrooms. Tenant is not paying rent

but loosely provides in kind exchange in terms of buying food, doing some housework. There was no initial tenant agreement.I want him gone in 30 days. Is 30 termination of tenancy sufficient? This is in Ohio.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 4, 2022

An occupancy without a written lease is considered month to month tenancy, which can be terminated at the end of any "rental period" by giving at least 30 days' written notice. A rental period is usually a calendar month, when rent is due on the 1st of each month. So a proper... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: I own my home, but rent the lot on which it is located. If my landlord decided to sell the lot, what are my options?

I purchased my home, but the lot on which it was located is a rental. I was curious if my landlord decided to sell the lot, and I couldn’t afford to physically move my home what would I do? My landlord is getting old, and I worry if he dies or sells I will lose my home.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jul 25, 2022

If you do not have a solid, long-term, written lease agreement that is signed and notarized, then a new owner could ask you to leave when your lease expires. A lease that could last more than 3 years must have the signatures of landlord and tenant notarized, or else it could be terminated. Use... Read more »

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