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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: My husband is our only source of income and has lost his job due to covid. We have made arrangements to live with family

But the buyout fee is several thousand dollars and they won’t accept multiple payments... if we could afford that, we wouldn’t be moving… Is there no such thing as a hardship action for Ohio?? Is there any kind of legal help because of the current pandemic with so many people losing their jobs?

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Dec 3, 2020

I am assuming that you are currently in a lease or rental agreement. If an eviction action is filed for non-payment (as you are probably leaving regardless), then you can request a stay based upon COVID and the CARES Act. The CDC now requires you to file an affidavit that you have attempted to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I back out of estate contract?

Oct 29th: I entered a real-estate contract to purchase a house. the contract says to close on or before Nov 30th. (email)

Nov 16th: I did let my agent know that I'll be out of the town on Nov 25th for 7 days, and will try to close sooner (texting)

Nov 18th: I was cleared to... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling answered on Nov 23, 2020

If the seller can't close before Nov. 30th, then that is a breach of contract and you can terminate. They will likely ask you to sign an extension, but you aren't obligated to do so.

If the seller is able to close by then, you can still terminate the contract if you want. This...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: If my credit report says my auto loan is closed but finance company is harassing me can I walk away from car?

Can I walk away with no obligations in Ohio? It clearly states account is closed and the harassment and interest rate alone may kill me and cat is falling apart. I need nee car ASAP. Please help

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 20, 2020

1. FYI, your credit report status has nothing whatsoever to do with your auto loan status.

2. The lender can continue trying to collect from you until you pay off the car loan.

3. And finally, "walking away" will do no good either.

Again: You still owe the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Products Liability for Ohio on
Q: Can a person who sold me a car with a title that was not in his name get in trouble after taking my money

Paid $600 for car I have title and keys. Also paid $300 for a trailer no title. Now the trailer is impounded and the person on the title doesn't want to sell it to me but her boyfriend already took my money

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 10, 2020

Yes, you can get into trouble for selling things that do not belong to you. That's both fraud and theft.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Can I live with my mom if ain't on the lease, as long as th rent is paid up front
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 5, 2020

It depends upon what the lease says about other residents. Many leases spell out exactly who is permitted to reside there.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: I am part of an HOA that is not keeping up on an agreement related to drainage of common areas. How can I force action?

A section of my HOA's Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements clearly states that they are responsible for storm water drainage in common areas of the neighborhood: "It shall be the obligation of the Association to properly maintain, repair, operate and control... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 2, 2020

Talk to other board members and persuade a majority to act. Or find other homeowners who want action taken with you and are willing to serve on the HOA board, and try to get a majority of new board members elected to take that action. Otherwise, use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local real... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Exclusive Rights to Represent buyer was not signed by all parties. Is the broker entitled to 3% of the purchase amount?

Exclusive Rights to Represent buyer ("Agreement") is between the "Client" which has 2 names on it and the "Broker". Only the broker and one person mentioned in the "Client" section signed the agreement, the other person that is listed as client refused to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 27, 2020

If the broker files a case in court, that makes it a "valid case" against the one client who signed, and that defendant must file an answer to the complaint by the deadline. Whether broker's case can succeed, depends on the contract and all the facts. Defendant must discuss all... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: We tried that but we are told because we are on Social Security, we need a lawyer !
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 22, 2020

If you have been advised to retain an attorney, use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: How do we take our son off as our POA ?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 22, 2020

Send him written notice of termination. If it is a financial POA, also notify any banks, insurance companies, or others with whom you might have business dealings that his POA has been terminated. If it is a health care POA, notify your doctors and other medical facilities where you are a patient.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My landlord got into an agurement with my boyfriend who isn't on the lease but she knew he was staying here. And now she

she says she doesn't want him here and that she'll give me a great recommendation. Is that legal? I've just signed a one-year lease with her.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 19, 2020

It depends on what your lease says about having other occupants stay in your premises. If she tries to evict you, then use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney who handles eviction matters to review the situation and advise you. Note that an eviction is a permanent public... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: We signed a lease but have not moved in yet. We haven't paid first month lease amount. Are we able to get out

Leasing agent told us 1210 but they put 1220 on our lease we are supposed to move 10/24 but possibility of 10/21 if they send us new lease can we get out of it with new date?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 19, 2020

You'll have to work it out with landlord. If you signed a lease, then fail to move in and pay rent, landlord can sue you for breach of the lease. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney who can review the lease and all the facts, and then advice you of your options... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Construction Law and Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello, I recently had a drain field re dug in my septic system. The cost was $5500.

Within a few months the same issue began. We contacted the company who performed the initial work and through numerous attempts and 8 missed appointments on the company's end, the issue is still not fixed and our renters are threatening to move out. Additionally, the septic company instructed... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 28, 2020

You can sue the contractor in small claims court up to $6000. Check your local court for the form to file. But you must present proof that the work was not done properly, so have another contractor inspect and provide a written quote for repairs. Or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Insurance Bad Faith for Ohio on
Q: Is the insurance co. obligated to show me the private investigators report they hiredfor a renters ins. claim?

This claim has been drug out since May and they refuse to return my calls

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 27, 2020

An Ohio attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for four weeks. With most types of property damage claims, there isn't usually an issue in providing copies of, or disclosing findings of reports. It's difficult to speculate what could be causing the protracted course of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: purchased a house that has a lifetime waterproofing on basement. It leaks and the company won't return calls. Rights?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 25, 2020

Determine if the warranty was transferable. Just because it was lifetime, that might have only been to the prior owner. It might not transfer to a subsequent purchaser. And even if it is transferable, there might have been some requirements to register and transfer the warranty. Pull out the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Iij am asking for an elderly friend. His land lord is terminating his lease.. but the tenant does not want this..

He has lived here over 20 years. I know the land lord is terminating this lease because he cant raise the rent to what he gets from new tenants.. he also has wants to make renovations on this apartment. Wich I understand. But does my friend have to be homeless because of the landlords needs

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 24, 2020

If the tenant's lease is not expiring, landlord cannot make him leave until the end of the lease term. But if the tenant's lease is expiring, then unless the lease gives tenant an automatic renewal or a right to renew, landlord is not under any obligation to renew or extend the lease... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Ohio on
Q: How long does a contractor have to hold his price, if the proposal was signed and accepted and no T&C's are on proposal?

I received a proposal on 07/28/20 for a pole barn to be built. Prior to the contractor ordering the material package, we had to obtain engineered drawings and a building permit per the contractors verbal instruction. I signed and accepted the proposal same day. Today, I received a revised quote... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 21, 2020

There is no specific law. If you don't agree to the increase, the contractor is unlikely to build your project. You could claim a breach of contract, select another contractor, and if the other contractor charges more for the same construction, you could sue the first contractor for the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Contractor Agreement, can I get out of it

While I was in the hospital my husband took over my hunt for a contractor to complete roof/siding/gutter and potentially window replacement. He arranged and signed an agreement with a contractor. The agreement only covers items in the event we would be rewarded money from the insurance. I am also... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 16, 2020

You question cannot be answered without a review of the contract. The contractor might not have complied with all the consumer protection requirements, which could allow you to terminate it. You can try terminating it yourself, but the contractor might then sue you. Or you can use the Find a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hello, currently I am in bind with my leasing office. Its about a lease they say we signed but we didn't.

Our leasing office came over one morning unannounced disccusing with us possible options on place they had available that was larger then where we were. So they came over with the paper work for us to sign to lock in the price. With that they also said it wasn't a lease and that we can opt out... Read more »

Warner Mendenhall
Warner Mendenhall answered on Sep 15, 2020

Attorney's need to see what you documents you are referring to to give you an opinion. It sounds like it is a rental agreement that requires you to give 60 days notice before leaving. If you did not sign anything you could give them 30 days notice and leave.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Me and my girlfriend signed a contract (read carefully) for a German Shepard signed by both parties and they are refusi

To give us the dog or money back and we would like to press charges. I have proof of everything

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 31, 2020

File a police report. But there will probably not be criminal charges. The police probably will advise you to sue them in court for breach of contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Buyer has approval but house value lower than asking price in appraisal contract had already been signed but mortgage

Won't go above appraisal

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 28, 2020

Either seller has to agree to a lower price, or buyer can't get a loan and close the purchase - so the contract must be terminated.

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