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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: What are my rights?

I have been in my apartment for 4 years. This past Friday I received a letter stating my landlord will not be renewing my lease. My rent is current and paid each month. The only complaints I've had have been from the last 2 weeks about my emotional support animals barking. My landlord asked me... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 14, 2021

Unless you have a renewal option in your lease, landlord has no legal obligation to renew it. Even if his decision not to renew is because of your emotional support animals, he can still refuse. In theory, you could try to say that was some kind of retaliation or disability violation or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: How to evict on contract for dead. Buyer did not pay taxes, didn't make payments on time and is now deceased

Cumberland county Tennessee is the location. Seller resides in FL

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 14, 2021

I recommend hiring a competent attorney to sue for possession. A Detainer Warrant may work if the SOL has not run, but an Ejectment Action in a Court of Record may be necessary. Publication Notice may also be necessary. This could be difficult, or it could be fairly simple. Hopefully it is no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I moved out of my apartment in 10/20. My landlords emailed me today saying I have a remaining balance. What should I do?

Is it legal for them to do that ? I specifically asked before leaving if I needed to be present for the inspection of my apartment and if everything was good (I had an automatic payment of my rent).

They told me I was all good and now 8 months later they ask me for a remaining balance of rent.

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 14, 2021

You should send an email back to the landlord and dispute the claim that you owe any additional rent. In Virginia, there is no specific law that addresses your issue. It may be that a Judge will have to decide the issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Can a landlord evict you or not renew lease for calling code enforcement and calling maintenance for multiple issues?

My landlord is retaliating because of the bbb complaint, code enforcement having to making them get me a new stove that didn’t work and cut the grass as they hadn’t before I moved in. He did state that he would give deposit back but it’s so hard to find a place to stay right now and I feel... Read more »

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Jun 14, 2021

You may be protected if there isn't an early termination provision in the lease or if you are not at the end of your lease.

Georgia does not have a for cause statute that requires the landlord to renew the lease, except for cause.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: My tenant caused damage to my property and broke a signed acceptance of renewal

My lease does say I have 30 days to return any or none of the security deposit- do I have to inform the tenant I am doing so? Also, the form of acceptance or termination for renewal at a higher rent, which she accepted and signed, what rights do I have in terms of holding her responsible for... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Jun 13, 2021

Nobody can answer your question because we can t read any documents online. This is an issue you should discuss with the lawyer who drafted this letter of acceptance.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Landlord took 2 months rent and security. Now says I can’t afford rent. Won’t let me move in. I have signed lease.

Will be homeless as my living arrange end the day before I was scheduled to move.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 13, 2021

In NJ, by law, the Landlord can only take a month and a half security deposit, must deposit the money into a tenant interest bearing trust account, and provide with name of bank, account number and bank address. Also, prior to moving in the Landlord must provide with a Certificate of Habitability... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can a landlord make a current tenant leave the unit while showing it to prospective tenants?
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 12, 2021

In Virginia, a landlord has no right to exclude a tenant from the premises during the lease term, even to show the premises to prospective tenants.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: My tenant`s lease expired 3 months ago, how can I make her go? has not paid rent and has 2 complaints from the HOA .

she send me the CDC order- she first told me she would leave on May 8Th and then she sent me the order. I need my apartment for my sister that does have a place to live.

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Jun 12, 2021

The CDC guidelines do not apply to expired leases. Hire a lawyer and get her out.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: A landlord on Facebook called me racist slurs, can I share our messages to a Facebook group to warn potential renters?

The content of our conversation would include a video of the place, address etc. that she voluntarily sent me on Facebook Marketplace. The audience would be one of those housing groups on Facebook.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 11, 2021

It would have to be very carefully worded. If you have a concern, perhaps the Human Relations Commission would be a better place?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Can I be evicted if I provided a hardship declaration during covid
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Jun 11, 2021

If you filed a Hardship Declaration, you can’t be evicted before the moratorium is over unless you are engaging in offensive or dangerous conduct. However, you remain fully liable for all rents due, even during the moratorium. The landlord will be able to commence legal proceedings to evict you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Was sent certified mail from landlord dated the 28 may receive on 2nd of June asking to leave by 30th of June

Also says not renewing lease then calls n says house was sold yesterday he took n offer I’m in Ponciana area I’ve been living there a lil over a yr already

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Jun 11, 2021

It doesn't matter how long you've been living there. If you have a month to month lease, you get 15 days notice. The reasons for the LL not renewing your lease are immaterial.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can my HOA prohibit me from displaying the American Flag that has the thin blue & red line in support of Police and Fire

At one of the HOA meetings I attended (virtually) I asked if I could display the American Flag that had the thin blue and red line honoring firefighters and police officers (I have both of these heroes in my family) and one the members of the ARB barely let me finish my sentence before saying no... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 11, 2021

This is a complicated question which requires an examination of the organic documents of the HOA as well as a review of the history of the HOA in permitting outside displays. Are front door or outdoor terrace railing displays permitted by the HOA? Are flags permitted to be displayed for Flag Day?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My lease is up on June 19th and the new rental can not guarantee it will be ready until June 30th. What are my rights?

I have left several messages with our current property manager but have yet to hear back from them. We have been legal tenants for just over 2 years with no issues. The landlord offered us a lease renewal, but we elected to decline and turned in a 60 day notice as is required in our lease. The... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 10, 2021

Your landlord would have to evict you, yes. But you don’t want an eviction just especially before you’re set to sign a new lease. After all, the new landlord may decide not to rent to you. So yes you have the legal right to get evicted, which would take longer than the two weeks, but that’s... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: can my landlady keep my security deposit for unpaid rent?

my lease expires end of February 2022...basically what I intend is to just up and move out, mid-October (paying October's rent first). if I do that, can my landlady use my security deposit for unpaid rent? or, only to compensate for any physical damage to the dwelling?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 10, 2021

Based on your stated plan to break your written lease some four months early--in mid-October 2021--losing your security deposit should be the least of your worries. Why?

Because most written leases contain clauses that allow the landlord to sue you for all the rent owed through the end of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: i have a situation that above me another tenant is doing drugs and pot,and it has made me sick and my cat sick

i did call M.P.D. and they came and tried to get her to talk,she didn't answer and i could hear her above me,i tried the landlord to do something,it has made me sick and my cat,what can i do?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jun 9, 2021

I do not know what "M.P.D." means. I would suggest you report this conduct to your local law enforcement agency and see what they can do for you. You could also report it to the town code enforcement officer or other appropriate official. Here is a link to some more information:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: How can I be evicted during corona virus?

We got behind on our bills and was living in a Habitat for humanity home for right at 5 years. We managed to get caught up and it was a huge relief all that the attorney told us was to make sure to pay on time from now on. And me thinking all was well I quit worrying about it next thing I knew was... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 9, 2021

Only Detainer Warrants that involved real property subject to Government Guaranteed Deeds of Trust were prohibited for the past year. It appears you were a month to month renter.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: We live in michigan and we hung a non smoking sign on a tree in our yard now the manager says we have to take it down

We are in a trailer rental and our daughter's are allergic to cigarette smoke and we keep finding cigarette butts in our yard from the people who the park employs

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 9, 2021

The property may have a prohibition on signs. And unless there is some other general restriction on smoking outdoors, I don't see how the manager can enforce anything. The employees certainly shouldn't be throwing their butts in your yard however; the manager can and should do something about that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Manager @ CA Regional RV Park covered up an employee Cov-19 OUTBREAK. Endangering 200+ residents. This can’t be legal!

Manager hosted internal company party while gov. ordinances, i.e. “no social gatherings” were in full effect. Masks not enforced. 9 employees contracted Covid-19 at this party.

Facility falsely reported only ONE Covid positive case.

Employees were laid-off for a month to... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 9, 2021

more info needed.

you can always petition or sue for anything.......whether you can get a lawyer to take the case on a contingency AND collect anything is another story.

i would think contacting the owner of the establishment would make the most sense.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: domestic violence issues and tenant rights ? I am being kicked out for being a victim of domestic violence?

My girlfriend has been arrested for the second time for domestic violence. I want to leave, but I want to take our cat with me also. I am being forced to move out for being a victim.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 9, 2021

more info needed.

a lawyer would want to review the lease and have a more complete understanding of the facts. Who has the lease?

i assume the domestic violence was in your apartment and you were the victim and the landlord is afraid of a repeat performance?

was this the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Can the personal items, 2 junk autos & a motorcycle be legally disposed of six months after occupant leaves.

former roommate bought a house and moved six months. Items were left behind that I cannot get him to move to his house. Hes avoiding me.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 9, 2021

For vehicles, why not have the police tag them as abandoned and impounded? They will take it from there.

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