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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Seminole County Fl. how long to retreive belongings for an eviction?

Evection is for a person that is being evicted for something other than non rent payment. Home is leased thru management company but person evicted is not on the lease but pays rent.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 10, 2021

If the person being evicted needs more time after the time the court orders he or her to get out, that person should ask the judge to specify the time needed, or to order other arrangements.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I had my car illegally towed from apartment. What can I do?

Apt did not use contracted towing company as what’s listed in my contract and outside buildings. They will not tell me a reason my car was towed. Who ever took my car did not leave any information on where my car was taken to. They did not register my car as towed, so it has been stolen. I made a... Read more »

Jonathan Tanaka
Jonathan Tanaka answered on Apr 9, 2021

Hello, thanks for your question!

Sorry to hear about that! In regards to the fees that you are being charged, on the invoices you are receiving, there should be a phone or email address that you can reach out to figure out what's going on.

I'm a little confused - how do...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Landlord illegally entered apartment, but we have almost no proof

Yesterday our landlord tried to charge us for a second cat, stating that the maintenance team was in our apartment on Wednesday and saw a cat that was “less skittish” and they swore was a different cat. We were very adamant that we only have the one cat and that we’ve lived here for almost 2... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Apr 9, 2021

You may want to consider filing a lawsuit against the Landlord for "abuse of access." THis Virginai Code section would be applicable.

§ 55.1-1210. Landlord and tenant remedies for abuse of access.

If the tenant refuses to allow lawful access, the landlord may obtain...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: My complex gives a 6 month period for us to give notice of us either ending or renewing our lease. Is this legal?

We are required to give notice at least 6 months before the end of our lease. I've only seen time periods up to 90 days so is 6 months legal?? We did sign this but is the contract legal in the first place?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 9, 2021

There is no prohibition to providing a longer notice period that that required by law, however, there are other limitations imposed. For instance:

MD Real Property Code, 8-208(d): A landlord may not use a lease or form of lease containing any provision that has the tenant agree to a period...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant on
Q: I’m a tenant in a flat. I wanted to buy a cat but the agency said to me that I’m not allowed to bring pets.

Is there something I can do ?

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Apr 8, 2021

You'll need to provide your state, every state has a little different law regarding landlords and tenants. Subject to your state's laws, you generally have no option but to follow the lease, and obey the rules and regulations of the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Security deposit was put on a rental property, but found some issues

Went into the property, to clean for move in found mold in the kitchen, infested with roaches, holes in the walls and previous tenants had dogs which soiled the carpet and the house smells really bad, the microwave doesn’t work and the dishwasher doesn’t work either. The kitchen counters are... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Apr 8, 2021

Sorry, just saw this. Everything is governed by the lease. If you are noting these issues now though and you haven't already signed a lease, I would see about getting out of this ASAP. These type of problems rarely get better.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: my landlord hasnt fixed my heat/ac unit un over 4 months with multiple times of being told to. what are my options?

i want to withhold rent but my fear of being evicted or thrown out or there being animosity against me over powers any action i want to take

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 8, 2021

You can start paying your rent into escrow on time each month with your local court. Check the court web site for the court escrow process. But landlord could choose not to renew your lease when it expires. Or you could call a repair service and find out what is wrong and the cost to fix it,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Is a landlord's failure to keep an in-unit washer & dryer in working order a violation of VRLTA § 55.1-1220?
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Apr 8, 2021

The applicable VA Code Section is:

§ 55.1-1220. Landlord to maintain fit premises.

A. The landlord shall:

2. Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition;

If keeping an in-unit washer and dryer repaired...
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1 Answer | Asked in Securities Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I live in an apartment complex. A neighbor recently installed video cameras. He installed not for security but to spy.

He had them facing are building and was told by management to face them in common area and that he could not have cameras on the outside. He took it down but hide it on his balcony in a wreath on that he hung on the storage closet door. He is using them to tattle on anyone walking their dog that... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Apr 8, 2021

If you feel strongly about this issue, you can bring a lawsuit against the neighbor in the court in which the premises is located.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: So I have been paying the rent we are both on the lease we broke up now how do I get her to leave?

She hasn't even offered any type of fent payment

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 7, 2021

You don't--at least not until the lease term ends. Why?

Because she signed the same lease that you signed which means she has just as much right to stay there as you do.

(This is a valuable lesson; I suggest you remember it.)

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: My landlord passed away and left me this manufactured home. they have denied my application, what are my options?

I passed a background check to live here. 8 yrs now

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Apr 7, 2021

You don't mention who "they" is, or what application it is.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: I have a landlord and tenant issue. I asked my landlord to repair my property. Exsposed multiple other issues

Was given a a 15 day notice that they don’t wanna rent to me cause I asked to have it repaired

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Apr 7, 2021

Or perhaps they want to terminate the lease in order to make repairs that would be impossible with someone living in the place. In any event, it doesn't matter why the LL gave you the notice. He did. Now you must leave.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: My landlord gave me a three day notice to vacate my apartment. She said because she my mother and myself had an argument

She said she felt threatened but no one threatened her. I didn’t move and then she put an eviction notice on the door. She prepaid rent to use for legal costs. I did move but I don’t know what to say in court. Can someone please help me.

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Apr 7, 2021

I will need a bit of clarification:

Is she filing suit against you for unpaid rent or breach of lease or something similar?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Do I still have to give notice if i’m in between leases right now?

my lease expired on march 23rd 2021. Originally I had given a 30 day notice (what’s required per my lease) and was planning on moving to a new complex, but decided to retract my notice and just transfer units (switch from 1 to 2 bed). I have been waiting for over a month for my transfer request... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Apr 7, 2021

Your old lease expired, and you haven't signed a new one. For most leases, this means you're a month to month tenant. Check your lease to be sure. If that's the case, you must give a 30 day notice to terminate the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I signed a 2 year lease on house. One year into my lease my landlord died. Is my lease still good?

The land lords children inherited the house I leased and want to sell it. Their attorney sent a letter stating I had to move. I have never been late on my rent and keep the inside and outside of house very nice.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Apr 7, 2021

It depends on the terms of the lease. The lease is still good, but it may include provisions about early termination of the agreement. If you're unclear about your rights under the contract you may want to sit down with an attorney to go over with you in detail.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: My apartment building got sold 4mo into my year lease, now the new company is raising my rent. Is it legal?

I live in California. I signed the year lease in August, the new company took possession January 1st 2021, they sent a notice out March 1st saying that rent would be raised effective May 1st.

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Apr 6, 2021

No. A new owner buys property "subject to" any leases in effect at the time of purchase. That means they can not raise your rent for the time your current lease is in effect.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can I kick out a person renting a room from my home? No contract, violent tendencies, attempted suicide, current on ren
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Apr 6, 2021

On March 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an eviction moratorium order. It protects people from being evicted for not paying their rent if they complete a declaration form and give it to their landlord. This protection lasts until June 30, 2021.

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Tenant recvd text from pm that yr lease would not be renewed, after tenant recvd text, a week earlier stating it would?

Can a pm legally do this? Agree to renew a yr lease, then retract it?

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Apr 6, 2021

Maybe, it depends on whether the tenant relied on the first text to his detriment.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Indiana on
Q: I may be moving interstate with 9m left on lease. Landlord said I have to pay the whole 9m on leaving. Is that legal?
Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Apr 6, 2021

Technically, yes. However, in practice, most judges will require a landlord to show good faith in marketing and reletting the property to a new tenant, and generally a landlord is given 2-3 months for this purpose (some exceptions permitted for exceptional circumstances). Courts will usually... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Kansas on
Q: Hi What is the statue of limitations for suing a landlord for breach of the rental contract. I’m in Kansas. Thank you
Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell answered on Apr 5, 2021

The statute of limitation for an action based upon a written agreement is 5 years. If the agreement was oral, it would be 3 years. There may be some statutory rights (e.g., Landlord Tenant) that are involved in which case the statute of limitations would generally be three years. If the statutory... Read more »

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