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Q: My tenant gave 30 day to move out now he’s refusing and wants me to evict so he can get stimulus money.

Tenant gave me 30 day notice on 7/2/2020 hrs moving by 8/02/2020. Now he’s demanding I evict him so he can get money to help him move. He said he will sue me and file bankruptcy so he can live there for free.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 7, 2020

Either submit to his demand or call his bluff and file eviction, although courts are just re-opening, and there could be backlogs handling evictions, so a hearing might not be scheduled for weeks or longer. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to advise you.

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Q: During the covid19 pandemic do I legally have the right to tell my landlord he cannot come in to do a home inspection
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 7, 2020

Ohio law allows landlord to enter for inspection after giving reasonable notice, and to enter at any time in an emergency. The law has not been amended during the pandemic. If you do not work it out to allow entry, such as you leaving the premises during the inspection, or having landlord wear a... Read more »

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Q: my landlord was to put me out on the 19th of last month he didnt he accepted money and said i could stay for awhile

til i found a place now he did take 400 bucks and gave me alil time he didnt say but a few weeks but then have a baliff come with a set out for tomorrow the next day

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 1, 2020

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney ASAP to review the facts and advise landlord that he will be doing an unlawful set out, to try to stop it. You can sue landlord if he does, but that won't get you back in. So be looking for another place to leave in case the baliff shows up.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I signed a lease but my roommate did not we are both on it as ‘resident’ and we want to get out of it

Move in date was supposed to be 6/29 but we didnt even receive confirmation that we were approved until that day. We looked around for other places and found one that we liked because they had been very bad at communication.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 1, 2020

You signed the lease, so you are legally obligated to pay the rent. Try to work it out with landlord, or landlord could sue you for breach of lease and file an eviction. An eviction is a permanent court record that can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the records. Landlord... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I was living with my brother and he broke the lease.But I been still here living here the landlord knows he sub lease

in and went went into Covid 19 to where we couldnt leave cause stay at home law.I try to work it out with him but he trying to charge me 2250 of 5 month back rent cause I was here but the lease wasnt in my name and he tried to get me sign a lease while a eviction was in process.Now with my brother... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 1, 2020

If you and landlord did not sign a lease, then landlord must follow the proper eviction process by giving you notice, then filing an eviction.

But some landlords do not follow the proper process, and just lock tenants out. A tenant can sue landlord if that happens. Try to work it out...
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Q: Can I sue my negligent landlord if I found he breached the lease, even though he no longer owns the house?

My landlord gave us a house that had dirty carpets, dirty walls, drywall damage etc. Additionally, he would not fix appliances for months. Recently, when reading my lease, I found out that my landlord was in breach. From the time we moved in until about a year ago, the landlord had not paid HOA... Read more »

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jun 29, 2020

If the landlord was the one who was in breach, then yes, the landlord is liable until the house was sold, at which point the new landlord is liable. The question is, what are you trying to do? Do you want the house fixed? Do you still live there? There are many questions, but from your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Not renewing lease can the landlords show apartment before I move out?

Im uncomfortable with this because of two things. First I don't believe it is safe having strangers coming and going during COVID 19. Second I have a dog and do not want them coming in while I'm not there ( he's a loving dog never acted mean but don't want to take the chance).... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 29, 2020

You'll have to work it out with landlord. Ohio law requires tenant to allow landlord to show premises to prospective tenants, after giving "reasonable notice," typically 24 hours. But if you refuse because of the virus, there isn't much landlord can do. Propose to send photos to landlord.

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Q: Gave notice to apartment complex about moving out and come to find out you have to do it 60 days prior to moving

Wondering if there is anyway around this because they plan to now force us into a 90 day month to month

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2020

The terms of the written lease that landlord and tenant sign, determine tenant's options. If 60 days was required, then you might not have any options. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the lease and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: When should a tenant be told that their leases would not be renewed? Should leases be amended with my signature?

I am purchasing a duplex that is rented. I do not plan to renew the leases, which will end 90days after purchase. I know I have to honor current leases, but when should renters be notified of new landlord and payment information.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 18, 2020

If the lease does not specify when a notice must be given that a lease will not be renewed, then if landlord wants tenants to move out on time at lease expiration, then the more notice is given, the more likely they will. If they don't, an eviction can take several weeks to get them out.... Read more »

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Q: Notice of non-renewal of lease.

I own a duplex and I live upstairs. The tenant downstairs has lived there for three and a half years and her lease will be up in January. I do not want to renew her lease because she is a liability to our property and personal safety (leaving doors open/unlocked, garage door open, also causing a... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 10, 2020

If your lease does not have auto renewal, or doesn't require you to give notice, then you don't have to. But to get tenant to leave on time, give notice in advance to reduce the chance you have to file an eviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Rental office called and said my son couldnt live here anymore or I would face eviction. No notices, letters, etc.

I am current on my rent. He had been arrested three months ago on misdemeanor charges but nothing was said to us until the call today, mid-may.

When I asked who decided this i was told it was the property manager. When I asked for the name and number of the property manager they refused to... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 9, 2020

I might depend on your lease. If your lease has a stipulation that no one with a misdemeanor conviction may live there, or other basic wording, they may be able to evict over an unlawful tenant. It's worthwhile to have an attorney look over your lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio with my parent's permission is it possible for me to move into an apartment at 16 & have my dad sign the lease?

Basically with the situation I am now has made me start to look at apartments. When I get my car, I would like to move into an apartment by myself and have my father or mother sign the lease. Is it possible for me to do so legally?

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 9, 2020

The landlord will likely want a parent as a guarantor on the lease. Because you're a minor, you cannot legally enter into binding contracts, and without a parent/adult also on the lease as the responsible party, a landlord is unlikely to rent to a minor. A landlord may also be hesitant to... Read more »

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Q: I paid a holding fee for an apartment which switched management. The apartment is no longer available. Who owes me the $

Management A owned the complex in which I paid them $150 holding fee. When they sold to the new management, the new management had called me and said that the apartments were neglected and there wouldn’t be one for me. Which management company owes me the holding fee?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 8, 2020

One or the other owes you the refund. The former owner probably credited all the deposits to the new owner. So contact the new owner, and if they refuse, contact the old owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Are Non payment of deposit grounds for eviction?

We are landlord’s to a property in Hamilton County, Ohio. We signed a lease agreement with our renter to pay a deposit, first month’s rent and the last 2 months rent upfront at the time of signing the lease agreement. He gave us the checks at the time of signing and 2 of those checks (for the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 5, 2020

Yes, non-payment of money required by the lease is grounds for eviction. You can fie the eviction, and Hamilton County resumes eviction hearings on Monday. But there is a big backlog, so the eviction hearing might not be scheduled until July or later. Check with the court for likely timing.... Read more »

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Q: Is my lease (OH) valid if my landlord didn't physically sign it, but accepted payment?

Previous landlord sold the property but says he never signed the lease. I still have the agreement he sent me, which I signed and returned to him before moving in. I've paid him the amounts agreed on in said lease: in most states this would mean the lease is valid but I'm not sure about... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 5, 2020

If landlord did not sign, then it might only be valid as a month to month tenancy, which can be terminated at the end of any rental period by either landlord or tenant giving 30 days prior written notice. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the lease and the facts, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I have a landlord who is attempting to sue me for cleaning of the house after i had moved out.

He stated he was using my deposit for rent for the following month but would not allow me that time to go in and properly get all my things and clean. He stated that since i told him the 1st, he was taking it to heart, even tough that was before he stated he was using the deposit for the next... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 2, 2020

If he does actually sue you, and you receive a summons from the court, then you must answer it by the deadline stated in the summons. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney to review all the facts to prepare the answer and represent you.

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 »

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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 Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord remove my front door and shut utilities off to force me out during covid 19?

My landlord has physically removed my front door and shut off the electricity to my apartment in an attempt to force me out of it. He has given us notice that he wants us gone, but has not went to court over it.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 29, 2020

Landlords have no legal right to do that in any circumstances, virus or not.

But calling the police won't help. They won't do anything. You could replace the door, but landlord could remove it again. You can sue landlord for wrongful eviction - but that will take months to go...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Collections and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can I fight this?

I rented an apartment May 2019 to June 2020. On May 1st my rent was due. I was not going to have the money to pay the rent till after May 7th. On May 6th I got an eviction notice stating I needed to vacate by May 11th. To avoid legal action I left May 9th. I got a final statement yesterday saying I... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 26, 2020

Yes you can fight it. If they sue you for the money, then you can file an answer to the complaint that they file, and then attend the hearing to offer the lease as your defense. Check with local legal aid, or if your local court has a clinic with volunteers to assist those without an attorney.

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