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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Most landlord give 90 days before rent increase even on lease expiration?

My current lease expires end of June. I received notice on June 1 that I must choose a new option (12,6 or M2M) by June 20th, but no matter what option it's stating that rent will increase on July 1st. I thought they had to give 90 days notice before raising rent? Should I call them out? Thanks.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jun 1, 2020

They DO have to give at least 90 days prior written notice of any rent increase (note written means written - NOT text, email, voicemail, etc.) and any rent increase cannot exceed a 9.9% raise over the previous 12 months and, if in the City of Portland limits, may have to provide a variety of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: What should I do if my landlord is refusing to fix my house, it is in bad shape health violations and more.

My landlord has a contract with our city to fix his own properties and we have asked him for months to come and fix our bathroom, kitchen, ceiling tiles, and our closets which have no ceiling in them resulting in our clothes being ruined.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 1, 2020

I recommend looking for another place to live. It is very unlikely that you will get any Landlord to rebuild the Leasehold like that.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Can a landlord raise my rent after living in the same place for a long time with my rent being consistant for years?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 1, 2020

Yes, provided that the landlord provides you notice and an opportunity to terminate your lease, or upon lease renewal.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I rent a home in Ohio. I was offered to renew my yearly lease and took the opportunity. Can they move me to a M2M lease?

Hi. As stated, I was offered to renew my annual lease. I returned the digital document signed promptly. At first I was told they didn't receive it (a month after my sending it...) Once I let them know about the digital document's history proving that I did sign it on time, they told me... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 1, 2020

If a lease expires, landlord has no obligation to renew it unless it has an automatic renewal or some other renewal process, and tenant gave proper notice of renewal as the lease required before any deadline. Ohio law allows a landlord to inspect at any time after giving reasonable notice. When a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: A mouse chewed the wires in our stove|cracked the glass top & started a fire.They say we owe them a new stove? Rent!
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 1, 2020

This incident is probably covered by the terms in the written lease you signed. If you cannot find any terms that might apply, then contact a landlord & tenant lawyer in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Do i have to pay rent if i was without "Water in home" with 3 kids for 8 mths? My rent is 5400

Around July i told my landlord that I have a leak somewhere in my apartment. He told me he would send someone by. And he never did I kept telling him about it and remind him about it. If no one ever came out I will tell my rent for July August September and even October when my water went off. I... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 1, 2020

This situation is much to complicated to be solved here. You should locate a lawyer experienced in Landlord & Tenant Law in the Belle Glade area.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: I have a lease with a tenant and a cosigner in NC. Are their spouse's responsible for a financial judgement as well?

The paperwork has Tenant and CoSigner on the lease, with Tenant's family listed as occupants. When filing for summary ejectment, do I need to include Tenant's wife and CoSigner's wife on the court paperwork?

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jun 1, 2020

Only those parties that signed the lease are the responsible parties. Spouses are not responsible simply because they are spouses, nor are people simply listed as occupants.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: If my lease doesn’t say “no pets” and I get a pet, can my landlord make me get rid of the pet or evict me?
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Jun 1, 2020

If a pet damages the apartment or creates a nuisance, a landlord may seek to terminate a tenancy regardless of whether there is a "no pet" clause in a lease. Even when a pet is well behaved, a landlord may decide not to renew a future lease in a non-rent regulated apartment if a landlord... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I am in a situation that is rather long to explain in writing and I really nee to talk directly to a lawyer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 1, 2020

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to locate a local attorney who handles real estate matters. Many offer free telephone consultations.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: New Rental looks nothing like original listing, there are some Extreme damages, what can I do?

We found the property during COVID-19 so we weren’t able to see it because of the quarantine the owner lives in New York and agent is nasty, home Has extreme damages gaping holes,running toilets, There is horrid smell that engulfs the entire area Come to find out it’s the laundry machine the... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 1, 2020

Don't move in; ask for your deposit back. The owner is in breach of contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Landlord gave me 3 days to sign a "new" lease or my rent would go up 10%. They did this via Voicemail.

Thought they had to give me 90 days to increase my rent. Signed the lease via Docusign with no increase, but it seems like I got trapped. I was going month to month...and then they said I must sign a new lease immediately or the rent will increase. Legal?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on May 31, 2020

Likely yes except the rent increase could not legally go into effect for at least 90 days after serving you with written notice of the raise.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Hello, if I offered a replacement tenant for the house owner and she rejected, can she sue me

I bought a house, currently We're tenants and the lease under my dad name, he doesn't work I pay the rent for him. We want to break the lease my dad has health issues he can't pay the rent.

He has SSI which is not enough to pay house rent

He will move out with me

What do you think

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on May 30, 2020

You bought a house while you were paying your father's rent. If you stop paying your dad's rent, he will be evicted. But now that you've taken on the mortgage payment, you've left dad to pay his own rent, but he can't.

Your idea is to find another tenant to take...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: If the police go to my former residence and ask where I moved to, does my landlord have to disclose my new address?

With or Without a warrant?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on May 30, 2020





1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: as a montly tenant without written lease do my parents have the right to unlock and leave my door open?

i have servere anxiety;i have a daughter only i take care of and no one else takes responsibility for.if my parents wont take responsibility for my daughter do they have the right to unlock my door and leave it open while i maybe asleep?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 30, 2020

It sounds like you may be in your parents property without a lease. You need to move before you are evicted.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Building has a reported Covid19 & tenants are unsafe. I want to understand how we move out and not continue our lease.
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

The lease may have an early termination clause. You should thoroughly review the lease to see if it provides you with any options. Try talking to the landlord, maybe they can correct the safety issues.

Generally, a lease cannot be terminated just because someone in the building is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: After 3 months of "month to month" Landlord asks me to sign a back dated lease "immediately"I had to agree just to read

Haven't signed yet...but landlord wants me to sign in the next two days...haven't even read the whole thing yet..She says if I don't sign now with no increase that my rent will increase down the road at some point. It's a 1 year...but, I can't get over the notice being a... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on May 29, 2020

If you say you can't read the lease in two days, you are telling the landlord you don't take the issue seriously or simply don't care. Yes the landlord can raise your rent up to 9.9% anytime with 90 days notice - locking in the amount of your rent is one of the major advantages of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: If my at will tenant paid a month's rent. I'm evicting her, (7 day) can i keep rent for damages?

do I have to refund the pro-rated rent or can I apply it towards the substantial damages?

Also if she attached something to my houses exterior with bolts is it now part of the property or can she remove it when she leaves?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on May 29, 2020

First, Maine law provides: "If a tenant who is 7 days or more in arrears in the payment of rent pays the full amount of rent due before the expiration of the 7-day notice in writing, that notice is void." It sounds like you can no longer evict your tenant, but you can keep the rent she... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on
Q: My landlord was living in the home previously and left behind items 6 months later is refusing to move them out

She told us when she moved in she would move them and 6 months later it is still here. We rent the home and two car garage and she occupies space with her personal items. Can we move it out or charge her to move it? Or charge her for the space we can’t use.? Also she has not changed her mailing... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 29, 2020

Under Wisconsin law, unless the lease has an exception, a tenant has the right to exclusive possession of the premises. So unless your lease allows the storage of personal property by the landlord, then have the right to exclusive possession and you may take your landlord to court to enforce your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: what are the landlords rights to entry during covid-19 in order to show home to prospective buyers.

The lease stipulates 24 hour notice given to tenant by landlord before entry. Tenant refuses access to the landlord. Citing concern of Covid-19. The property is in Florida.

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on May 29, 2020

To my knowledge, Covid 19 is not an excuse to not live up to the terms of the lease.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: If our landlord is taking a long time to repair the air conditioning, do we have any legal recourse?

We have been without AC for 2 weeks, and have a toddler and 70 lb dog living in the home. Due to the current situation in the outside world, we can't really go anywhere to escape the heat during the day. It is 84 degrees in all the bedrooms. The landlord told us that we could break lease... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on May 29, 2020

AC is a necessity in a residential lease. The Landlord has a legal obligation to make sure the AC is working. If the AC is not working in hot weather, you should call the Office of Housing Code Enforcement for the county/city where the premises is located and make a formal complaint. An Inspector... Read more »

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