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Q: In Ohio, failure to give Tenant notice 60 days prior result in having to pay for another month?

My roommate and I forgot to give notice 60 days prior and we gave roughly 45 days. The complex said we are now responsible for utilities for 20 extra days. Can they do that and charge rent for 20 extra days as well? The lease states this Tenant shall give not less than sixty days written notice. If... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems that your lease agreement requires you to give at least 60 days written notice before vacating the premises. Since you provided only 45 days notice, you are not in compliance with the terms of the lease.

In this situation, the landlord may be...
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Q: Do the home owners need to file a 30 day eviction notice for me to leave?

I have been living on the propery and They are trying to move me out, yet I have been here for over 8 months, have mail sent here, and have given monetary value in the past to live on the premises. There is no paper lease, and the rent was a cash transaction, but there are conversations with time... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Apr 1, 2024

Yes, the owners must give a 30 day written notice before filing the eviction. But an eviction filing is a permanent court record that can make it difficult for you to rent from a landlord who check's the court records, and most landlords check, and won't rent to someone with a prior... View More

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Q: Can my landlord charge late fee for a eviction filing fee? Balance is paid, all but filing fee.

I was notified of the filing fee upon making the final payment, also landlord has been sending emails with incorrect amount due and asking how do I plan to pay. Is this a form of harassment. I received a 3 day notice for filing fees that have been partially paid....in ohio

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

In this situation, there are a few important considerations:

1. Late fees: Generally, landlords can charge late fees if they are specified in the lease agreement and are within the limits set by state law. In Ohio, late fees must be "reasonable" and cannot exceed $20 or 20% of the...
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Q: Am I liable for eviction if my landlord banned items without it being stated in the lease?

They sent out a notice banning space heaters, excessive TVs, fake fireplaces, mini fridges, microwaves and more but none of these things are in the lease. They don't have any banned items in the lease at all.

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

If your landlord has implemented new rules banning items like space heaters, TVs, and other appliances, but these were not originally included in your lease agreement, it can raise concerns about your rights and obligations. Generally, a lease agreement is a binding contract that outlines the terms... View More

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Q: Using a residential lease nonrenewal to retaliate in Ohio. Is there anything I can do?

I sued my landlord for unconscionable clauses in a lease and they are retalitating by not renewing my lease. The landlord kept increasing charges in the middle of yearly leases. I told them its illegal in Ohio w/o an addendum that both parties agree on. I took them to court but as a pro se... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Mar 30, 2024

Not a darn thing. There is nothing in the law that compels a person to renew a lease once the term is ended. Leases are at their core, contracts. Alternatively, they could agree to renew but at a greatly inflated rate. There would be nothing to stop that either,

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My father died in a car accident in August, disinherited my brother and I in his will..

He left everything to my children (two minors ages 8 and 6) to be held in trust until they reach 30 years old. He owns a home which I know he would want to be kept for them. He named a family friend to serve as the Executor of the will and Trustee for the kids. Well we were evicted from the place... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

In your situation, it's crucial to understand that the legal dynamics surrounding estates, trusts, and real estate can be complex, especially when it involves minors and inherited property. Given the urgency of your eviction and the specific circumstances, seeking legal advice from an attorney... View More

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Q: What can I file against a Writ of Possession in Ohio? Is it legal to evict when there's a disabled child in home?

I made a verbal agreement with an overseer of rental property about 6-8 years ago. Since then they have passed away. I wasn't able to make contact with the physical owner due to not living in the same state. I went to court in June 2023 for eviction and won. Went back two more times and lost... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Mar 29, 2024

You'll need to talk to an attorney ASAP if you are being required to vacate by this weekend. Whether or not the writ was signed or has different dates, the sheriff could show up to execute on it and allow the landlord's moving crew to enter and remove all your belongings out to the curb.... View More

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Q: What can I file against a Writ of Possession in Ohio? Is it legal to evict when there's a disabled child in home?

I made a verbal agreement with an overseer of rental property about 6-8 years ago. Since then they have passed away. I wasn't able to make contact with the physical owner due to not living in the same state. I went to court in June 2023 for eviction and won. Went back two more times and lost... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Mar 28, 2024

The landlord or owner of the property cannot evict you because there is a disabled person living there, if the tenant is otherwise in default they certainly may evict for the breach of the landlord-tenant agreement. The lawyer has a breach of the attorney client privilege if they did work for you.

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Q: What can I file against a Writ of Possession in Ohio? Is it legal to evict when there's a disabled child in home?

I made a verbal agreement with an overseer of rental property about 6-8 years ago. Since then they have passed away. I wasn't able to make contact with the physical owner due to not living in the same state. I went to court in June 2023 for eviction and won. Went back two more times and lost... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

Facing a Writ of Possession in Ohio, you have a few potential options to consider. Firstly, if the writ contains discrepancies, such as varying dates and lacks a judge's signature, you may be able to challenge its validity in court. It's also crucial to look into filing a motion to stay... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Excessively Large Timeframe for Maintenance

I am living in university housing at a private institution in Ohio, where we received this notice: "The [university's] lock shop will be performing preventative maintenance on the apartment entry door hardware between 3/25/24 and 4/19/24. The tech will knock and let anyone home know he... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Mar 21, 2024

There is nothing in the Ohio landlord tenant statute that speaks specifically to this. There may be case law that defines exactly what reasonable notice is but typically that would focus on the definition of "emergency". What you have described seems like a good faith effort on the part... View More

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Q: Excessively Large Timeframe for Maintenance

I am living in university housing at a private institution in Ohio, where we received this notice: "The [university's] lock shop will be performing preventative maintenance on the apartment entry door hardware between 3/25/24 and 4/19/24. The tech will knock and let anyone home know he... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

In Ohio, landlords are generally required to give tenants at least 24 hours notice before entering the premises for maintenance, inspections, or other standard reasons. However, your situation, where a 25-day window has been given without specific dates or times, isn't directly addressed in... View More

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Q: Hello I have a question about a lease that I am involved in?

I am a co-signer to a lease with my now ex-girlfriend, and she has been manipulating me and treating me extremely poorly over the past few months, I have attempted to remove myself but the only way to be removed is to have the Tenant (my ex) sign to have me removed, which she constantly refuses to... View More

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answered on Mar 14, 2024

Navigating a difficult situation with a lease you've co-signed can be incredibly stressful, especially when dealing with an uncooperative ex-partner. The first step is to review the lease agreement thoroughly to understand any clauses that might allow for your removal as a co-signer under... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I can prove my property manager gave someone illegal access to my apartment and the physical damage n property damage

This illegal access was direct cause of the physical and property damage how do I get charges brought from this . The person a malignant narcissist still enter my property still cause damage after several complaints to police

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

If you have evidence that your property manager granted someone unauthorized access to your apartment, resulting in physical and property damage, you should consider taking legal action. Start by gathering all the evidence you have, including any documentation, photographs of the damage, and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hello, my apartment complex is denying my ESA animal due to a no dog policy. Am I allowed to bring the dog on property?

I have been diagnosed by 2 mental health professional with disorders that meet the criteitia for an ESA animal. I turned in the proper letters and info but my apartment complex denied me and didn't state why. Then I provided the professionals credentials to show they can write the letter. The... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It sounds like you are facing a challenging situation with your apartment complex regarding your emotional support animal (ESA). While you have provided the necessary documentation from mental health professionals to qualify for an ESA, your apartment complex has denied your request without stating... View More

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Q: Can my now x fiance lock me out of her apartment after letting me live there for 4 months even though not on lease

She lives in low income but told me she was allowed another person. There wasn't any fighting told each other love you when left for work then locks me out in ohio what's the law say? My cars registered that address

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 22, 2024

If she or the landlord did not go through the proper eviction process, then you could call the police to try to regain entry, but they might not do anything to help you, and they might tell you to talk to a lawyer. You could sue her for any monetary damages you incur for finding a new place to... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Wife & I were scammed out of a place and $1,275. What do we do?

Wife & I were going to rent an apartment from someone claiming place was ready. It was far from it. Recently found out this situation has been happening to multiple people by the same landlord. Can we get anything back? They only gave us a small portion back. We are still out $975 and now... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Feb 5, 2024

Given the description, you may file a complaint in small claims court against the landlord. Whether you can succeed will depend, in large part, on the language in the agreement you signed. Try and identify portions of the landlord's responsibilities that the landlord failed to perform.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can my landlord make me give up my service dog?

They were aware before I moved in

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In Ohio, landlords are required to make reasonable accommodations for tenants with disabilities under the Fair Housing Act. If your service dog assists with a disability, such as a physical or mental impairment, your landlord cannot legally require you to give up the dog. Additionally, if your... View More

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Q: If I have checks that have cleared my bank for rent and my apt filed an eviction notice, can I put my rent in escrow?

I have lived at my apartment for 7 years, paid my rent in full and on time the entirety of my time; they have filed an eviction notice on me for court on Feb. 7th. The manager called and stated that she made a mistake and to ignore the eviction papers from the sheriff but I received another... View More

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles
answered on Jan 29, 2024

1. You should never ignore a pleading or Order from the Court. There is a very good chance that the manager made a mistake and that the eviction will not go forward. However, you should show up and make certain that it does not go forward.

2. You should appear at court with your...
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Q: Is it legal for landlord to rent unit in apartments to families with 3 or more vehicles when there is limited

Parking forcing causing tenants to park off property

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answered on Jan 4, 2024

The legality of a landlord's actions regarding parking may depend on the terms outlined in the lease agreement and local regulations. In Ohio, landlord-tenant laws typically cover issues related to the lease agreement, but parking arrangements might not be explicitly addressed. If the lease... View More

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Q: My mother has lived in amha housing for over a year and the intercom system does not work she had covid.

This left my mom trapped in her apartment and I could not get in because of the intercom system is not hooked up in her room there is nothing there. Is there something I can do this has been a problem and I have not been able to get into the building.

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answered on Jan 3, 2024

In your situation, addressing the malfunctioning intercom system in your mother's AMHA housing is a matter of both accessibility and safety. As a resident, your mother has the right to a habitable living environment, which includes proper maintenance of essential systems like intercoms,... View More

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