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Q: I never received notice of my lease renewal. Does that mean I no longer have a lease?

I moved here two years ago and signed a 12 month lease. Shortly before that 12 month period was over, I received an email that, per my lease agreement, my lease will be renewed for another 12 month period. Fast forward a year and now that 12 month period is up and I never received a renewal... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 3, 2020

You'll have to review your lease to determine if it has an automatic renewal term or any notice requirements. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review and advise you.

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Q: My landlord won't fix my floor or oven

I'm an international scholar who is renting an apartment. I'm seeking guidance to see if there is any law that protects me since I feel at an utter disadvantage for not knowing the law. I have contacted the management and landlord himself in numerous occasions about my repairs and they... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 2, 2020

Check your local court web site for the rent escrow process by which you pay your rent to the court into escrow. The court will then have the landlord come and explain what is being done to fixt the problems. If not enough, the court can terminate your lease so you can move and return your rent... Read more »

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Q: We own the house and the land that house directly sits on. My aunts bf owns the property. Can he "evict" us off property

We both the house from his brother and have a title to the house. The house came with the land that house directly sits on. He's constantly saying that if we don't pay him $X amount each month he will call the sherriff and have us removed. We pay our own property taxes as it is. His mom... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 30, 2020

You'll have to retain a local real estate attorney to review all the relevant real estate records to determine who has what specific rights to the house, land, any easements, etc. Use the Find a Lawyer tab.

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Q: I live in income based housing & have major health issues, my landlord is doing surprise inspections. Is that legal?

I have had 2 open heart surgeries & currently have an artificial heart valve, also am very susceptible to infections. The manager who runs this place like a juvenile detention center, decides to put out a paper that says there's going to be surprise inspections this week, no date or time... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 24, 2020

The landlord could claim that 24 hour notice has been given. The notice can be more than 24 hours. Contact the landlord and explain your condition and try to work it out.

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Q: Do I have to pay rent now ?

Ive been living in my apartment for almost 3 years and have never been asked to nor told to pay rent and now my landlord/home owner is asking for a $350 deposit plus $350 in rent ia that legal ? Also i have no house key nor a lease agreement which ive asked for since he asked for rent money. He... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 19, 2020

You are considered a tenant at will - you are there at the will of the owner. The owner can force you out if you don't comply with the demand to start paying rent. Owner is not obligated to give you a lease or a key. If you don't start paying rent, the owner can give you a written... Read more »

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Q: I bought a trailer from an owner of the Mobile Home park. 3/3/2020 purchased...evicted on 7/2020.

she is trying to take ownership of my trailer. She re evicted me in September even when I wasnt living there. September 29th showed up with Her husbands towing company and the sheriff of Lodi, ohio and Cut my locks and came into my trailer. Then proceeded to take all the things we left in it and... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 19, 2020

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who can review the situation, advise you of your options and the cost of going to court, and communicate with the park owner to try to resolve it.

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Q: I’m in Ohio on a month-to-month lease - the landlord keeps coming in without notice

He claims the house is dirty because it’s not kept up 24/7 and threatened us to kick us out next time he comes in. He says he will NOT give us a heads up as he wants to catch the house as it is.

The house is clean, some dust here and there but we clean the house twice a week. He won’t... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 19, 2020

Unfortunately, there probably is not much you can do. Ohio law requires landlord to give reasonable notice, typically 24 hours, but there is no penalty if a landlord doesn't. You could call the police and say landlord is trespassing, but they are unlikely to do anything. The legal system... Read more »

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Q: I received papers that my landlord has lost the home that I rent to foreclosurexpired expired Jan 2020. What to do?

my lease expired in Jan 2020 and the house is for sale. But according to the paperwork from the courts, it will go to sheriff's sale. Do I need to move? Can I be evicted? Should I still pay rent to the landlady?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 16, 2020

If sold at sheriff's sale, you'll have to talk to the new owner about staying. But the owner can ask you to leave, and evict you if you don't, although some tenants might be protected from eviction because of the limits on evicting some tenants because of the virus.

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Q: I live in an apartment building and my landlord says she is getting noise complaints from my downstairs neighbor.

She calls me at least twice a month about this alleged noise and now she is threatening eviction. My wife and I don't make any noise outside of regular everyday living. Can she do this?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 9, 2020

Landlord can make threats. Whether landlord could actually succeed with an eviction depends on all the facts and circumstances. Talk to the neighbor and the landlord, and try to work it out.

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Q: I have a question about sharing a rental home with a "friend" and after our lease was up she chose not to resign.

We live in ohio and me my husband and my adult son rented a home with a "friend" back in Sept 2019 in

July 2020 she contacted the landlord and told him she would not be resigning on the lease she was gonna move now over the year she had moved her boyfriend in after telling the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 5, 2020

If the landlord still considers her a tenant, there isn't much you can do about it. Talk to the landlord. It is up to the landlord to evict her if the landlord wants her out.

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Q: Can a landlord deny you access to the electrical panel?

The panel is in a locked garage of the house we rent.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 2, 2020

Check with the local building dept. and ask if there are any local regulations about that.

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Q: Can a landlord come into my son's duplex to take his dog and cat and rehome them while my son is hospitalized?

Today is Tuesday and my son was taken to the hospital on Friday night. Since Friday night, my son's landlord had been harassing me about his animals and the rent. The rent isn't due until Nov 1. My son's best friend is taking care of his pets. She feeds them and lets them out a few... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 28, 2020

There really is no way you can keep landlord out. The landlord has the right to inspect the premises upon giving notice, and he has given notice. And there is no practical way to prevent him from sending them to the shelter. In theory, you could go to court and try to get an injunction, but who... Read more »

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Q: is landlord allowed to use my electricity from my rental for his property?

i found a cord running from my garage to his big garage and he has been using my electricity. I confronted him about it and he told me to get out. Told me to move if i dont like it. He admitted he uses my electric. He also told contractors that put on the roof and gutters its okay to plug their... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 26, 2020

Dealing with troublesome landlords can be frustrating, and there aren't a lot of good solutions. If you have access to your circuit breaker box, you could shut off the outlets he and his contractors are using. But they would have to use a lot of electric to raise your electric bill more than... Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Q: Can a landlord renege on a lease renewal

Wife is also on lease

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 19, 2020

You'll have to retain a local attorney to review the lease, the renewal provisions, and all the facts and then represent you if landlord files an eviction. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to find a local attorney who handles evictions.

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Q: I live in Ohio, and I am curious where I can find information about duplex housing laws?

Does a landlord need to give both tenants notice prior to entry or work being done? Right now the downstairs is empty and I live upstairs, and random workers keep coming in to do work downstairs without our knowledge. It can be unsettling finding a random person in the house, so I want to know... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 14, 2020

There are no landlord-tenant laws specific to duplex units. Landlord must give tenant reasonable notice before entry, typically 24 hours. But there is no real penalty if landlord doesn't. You could call the police, but they are unlikely to do anything. Landlord-tenant law is at this link:... Read more »

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Q: If i rent a room in ohio with out a lease can the landlord /owner of the property go through my personal items?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 13, 2020

If the landlord/owner does that, you could sue for invasion of privacy, and the landlord/owner could evict you since you don't have a lease.

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Q: my landlord has been accepting my rent with an expired lease and did not give me 30 day notice to, but filed an eviction

Prior to the eviction notice, I was served 3 days to vacate the premises. I contacted the rental office to rectify and renew, I was told they could not. I appeared in court, but the judge dismissed the case due rental company accepting payments and different lease expiration dates. What rights do... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 12, 2020

If your rent becomes past due again, landlord must follow the proper eviction process, which requires a 3 day notice, then filing an eviction complaint. If landlord does not follow the proper process, then attend the eviction hearing and testify accordingly. The federal Center for Disease Control... Read more »

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Q: I’m not in a formal lease. If I leave and my roommate tries to stay and gets evicted, will it be put on my record?

I moved in with my mom to a rental property in July of 2020. She completely screwed me after we moved in and took over the house. So I want to leave. I’m not in a formal lease. I’m just in a month to month agreement with my landlord. I never signed anything. I want to leave soon but my landlord... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 6, 2020

It depends on landlord. If landlord files an eviction, he would probably name both you and your mother, and that becomes a permanent court record that could make it difficult for you to rent from a landlord who checks. So try to work it out with landlord to avoid that.

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