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Q: How can I legally remove my ex from my home?

My ex is refusing to move out and now is starting to make my life miserable. She pushes me to the point where I am scared of what I might do, and will antagonize me telling me she's not scared, she'll call the cops. I need her to move out and move on. How can I do this? The mortgage is in... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 12, 2021

If she is an ex-wife, and you now are the sole owner of the house from the divorce, then you can file with the domestic relations court to get an order for her to leave, or you can file an eviction. If you were not married, and her name is not on the deed, then you must evict her. Use the Find a... Read more »

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Q: In Ohio, are landlords allow to request entry like "Thursday or Friday" or do they have to pick specific a day.
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 12, 2021

Ohio law requires "reasonable" notice, but does not define what is "reasonable." Typically, 24 hours is considered reasonable. Talk to the landlord to work it out.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: If someone inherits a home and all heirs agree do we have to wait til probate to evict tenants so we can move in?

He has a copy of the will leaving the home to him. Can we use that to start the eviction process on the tenants? They are nice ppl and have lived there a few years. We gave them 3 mths but at the end of the 3 mths we dont want to have to wait another couple mths to evict if they dont move. We are... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling answered on May 10, 2021

It's easy to transfer the property out of the decedent's name and into the names of the heirs. Then, you won't have any issues with the probate court when you file eviction. Generally, unless a will says otherwise, an administrator (executor) needs special permission from the court... Read more »

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Q: Will a landlord give money back that you paid a full year to but haven't moved in yet?

If someone put a whole years rent payment on a house they want to rent, and something comes up to where they can't live in the house because something came up, will they be able to get the money back? They just got the keys not even a week ago and haven't even moved anything in yet.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 10, 2021

If a written lease was fully signed, and it is a contract for the full year that they paid, then they would have to negotiate with landlord. If tenants choose not to move in and live there, that is their choice. Landlord does not have to return their rent payment. But tenants can use the Find a... Read more »

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Q: Why are the renters rights so limited, especially when we've done nothing wrong but be in the wrong house during a sale.

I've been renting at the same place for 7 years. There are now new owners who want to do walkthroughs while I'm still residing there. They raised my rent by $250 and want $1000 security deposit. They have now issued a 30 day notice to vacate. It's so unfair because I have nowhere to... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Apr 30, 2021

Look to the politicians you vote for. They are the ones that create the laws. If you are renting and the owner chooses to terminate the lease, you need to go. For assistance in finding a new place you can always hire a realtor.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: What rights do we have to take possession of our new house per contract?

We are closing on our new home and the seller has her daughter living there on a month to month lease. She gave her a 30 day notice to vacate On March 2 and again on April 1st. The contract is signed by both the seller and us that we take possession 5 days after close. If the daughter has not... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Apr 27, 2021

If the month to month lease was recorded you would have constructive notice of the lease. As it is, you have actual knowledge that a month to month lease existed, and was terminated by giving a thirty (30) day notice of cancellation on March 2, 2021. As of April 1, 2021, the tenant no longer has... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal for new apartment building owners to increase rent based on cosmetic repairs done to the building?

New owners bought the building that I live in. My lease is up in May but I was told we won't resign until they have made all repairs to building which mostly include cosmetic. Painting, putting in new lights(when old ones worked fine) remodeling the lobby. She told me that after they complete... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 20, 2021

Unless local ordinance limits rent increases, or unless the lease has a renewal feature that specifies the renewal rent, then landlord can increase the rent at the expiration of the current lease, in whatever amount landlord chooses. If tenant does not agree to the new lease at the higher rent,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Does the eviction moratorium stop me from evicting when I sell the property? They are on a month to month lease

I have a buyer for my rental property. The Tenants are on a month to month lease. We have given the tenants 60 days notice but they are unable to find a new rental. They are expressing that they plan to use the moratorium and not leave. The buyer wants to close and we need to have access to the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 20, 2021

You can file an eviction for termination of the monthly lease, but it is up to the court to determine if tenants are protected by the moratorium. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I have rented my house for 6 years. my landlord told me last week that he is putting it up for sale. He wants to come

and redo the wood floors. he said he is allowed to do mainteance. i see that as rehab. is he allowed to do this while I am livng here?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 20, 2021

He does not have the right to disturb your occupancy with that kind of work. You can refuse access. But that might lead to trouble with him. If he tries to enter, you can refuse and can call the police. Tell him that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to deal... Read more »

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Q: My landlord showed n sold the property in the same day did not give papers to let us know he was selling

The new owner served a nonrenewable paper and our lease was month to month from 5/11 thru 6/11. What are our rights

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 19, 2021

If a lease is month to month, and tenant had no right of renewal, or failed to renew, then either landlord or tenant can terminate the tenancy by giving 30 days advance written notice of lease termination. Landlord was not required to tell tenant of sale. New owner can terminate the lease. If... Read more »

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Q: Does the eviction moratorium stop me from evicting when I sell the property?

I have a buyer for my rental property. We have given the tenants 60 days notice but they are unable to find a new rental. They are expressing that they plan to use the moratorium and not leave. The buyer wants to close and we need to have access to the property to update it. Can I still evict?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 19, 2021

Selling the property has no effect on the lease, which remains valid and binding on the new owner. Selling is not a basis to evict.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I need to terminate my lease early but the manager and owner has now cut off all communication with me

Our 1 year lease is up in October 2021. Due to some unforseen family issues we need to terminate our lease early. I texted the manager, explained the situation and asked her our options. She didn't respond so I texted her again and asked her if she would direct me to someone I could talk to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 15, 2021

Landlord is under no obligation to allow an early termination or to talk to tenant about it. Nothing stops a tenant from moving out, but landlord can then sue tenant for lost rent through the end of the lease term, minus any rent collected from a new tenant.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: If my landlord gave me a 15 day pay or quit, if I Pay on the 15th before the day ends will I be fine ?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 13, 2021

You and landlord should sign a written agreement on how to work out the default. Otherwise, there is no guarantee.

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 »

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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 Ohio on
Q: Should I sign contract with landlord evicting me

Landlord started eviction, they want or need it empty. They have made me an offer and want me to sign a contract. I signed cdc form, and it's a pretty nice offer I also do not want to be out on the streets should I callawyer

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 2, 2021

You'll have to retain a local attorney to review what landlord has asked you to sign, along with all the other circumstances, so the attorney can advise you. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can you help expunge my boyfriend eviction?

He got this eviction in 2016 and didn't know he had it until we went to get an apartment. His landlord and him had spoken about him being gone by the end of the month and his landlord had asked that he leave some furniture to off set the rent. My boyfriend left the apartment(he went to live... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 1, 2021

Check with the local court in which the eviction was filed. Most courts do not expunge an eviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: have a property rental. Lease was signed 9 years ago. Has been great at paying rent on time.Property is dump now!

renter owes 4 months rent now. Cannot get answer on phone or leave message. No answer at door.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 30, 2021

The lease probably has expired and tenant is now month to month. To get tenant out legally, you'll need to follow a proper eviction process. Deliver a 30 day written termination notice today or tomorrow to the premises terminating the lease on April 30. Keep a copy of the written notice.... Read more »

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Q: My mom has been in her home 6 years the landlord said his family wants to sell. Wants her out so they can update it.

Nowhere on the lease does it say they might sell the home. He said he would give her a good reference. Were in the middle of a pandemic. She can't find a home under stress and the landlord wants to start remodeling so he told her he really needs her to find a place. What are her rights

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 29, 2021

The landlord must honor the terms of the written lease until it expires. But when the lease term expires, if the tenant does not vacate, then the landlord can file for an eviction. If the lease has already expired, then the landlord can give 30 days written notice to terminate the lease at the... Read more »

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Q: Is it conflict of interest if a landlord works in the same court house that is used to evict a person?

Also the bailiff at the court whispered to me if I come tomorrow to put you out you will have to leave then. He said that's what was meant by the 30 days that he has up to 30 days to come and put me out. I am being bullied?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 25, 2021

That is not a conflict of interest. A landlord can follow the proper eviction process to evict a tenant, even if the landlord works there. But if the judge was the landlord, the judge would not be able to hear that case.

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