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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How can I get someone to move out as quickly as possible?

They don't pay rent, they have no bills in their name. They do have msik that goes to that address in their name

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 14, 2022

You must evict them. Check your local court for the process, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney.

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Q: live with a roommate her boyfriend there 24/7 and is dangerous and careless landlord wont let me off lease what do i do?

He has a warrant out, has gotten her car shot up, hits her. i have a son and i dont feel comfortable living there anymore. I also have been paying all the utility bills which was not our agreement. I have expressed this to my landlord and he still will not let me off the lease what is my next... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 13, 2022

The boyfriend isn't the landlord's problem to solve. Talk to your roommate and tell her the boyfriend can't stay there. If the boyfriend makes threats, call the police, file a report, and seek a protection order that orders him to stay away. The lease obligates you to pay rent... Read more »

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Q: 72 grandmas heat went out at 12pm, landlord refused to look until tomorrow morning overnight temp is 19 any legal ground

My 72 year old grandmas heat went out at 12pm. The landlord said they won’t look at it till the morning. With temperatures falling to 19 and them refusing other accommodations is there legal action besides rent escrow?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 10, 2022

She could stay in a hotel and send the bill to landlord for reimbursement. If not paid, she could sue in small claims court. Court would decide if landlord is liable to pay it.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Rent/ecsrow

We are current living in my parents camper due to a unknown to us eviction in 2020. My dad wants us to pay rent. Catcher we had to buy a small space heater due to no working heater in camper, we've had to buy plastic for windows, insulation board, weathering straps to put on the door. All the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 5, 2022

If there is no written lease, then it is a month to month tenancy that can be terminated by either landlord or tenant by giving 30 days written notice. If you refuse to pay rent, landlord can terminate the lease and evict you. An eviction filing would make it difficult for you to rent from a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can I sue my landlord for mental duress?

I have notified our property management, as well as maintenance, that I need at least a few hours notice before someone shows up to my apartment because I have severe PTSD. They have sent maintenance without notice multiple times since, and continue to ignore requests for prior notice. This has... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Dec 31, 2021

Your landlord is required to give advanced notice, usually 24 hours, before sending people absent an emergency. You can refuse to have the contractors come in without this notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: is it possible to terminate a lease early if the landlord is neglecting important repairs?

I rented a house in Canton Ohio, signed an 18 month lease in October. we haven't had heat since we moved in, even though the landlord promised to get it up and going. it's now the end of December and we still don't have heat, hot water, or a working stove - an appliance that came... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 27, 2021

Yes, you can terminate the lease. But landlord could sue you. Landlord is required to provide heat and hot water by Ohio law. Contact the Board of Health to have them document the problems, so if the landlord sues, you have that as proof.

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Q: I have no lease with my landlord. He has just told me (in person) that he is raising my rent 100.00 as of next month .

I am on disability. What do I do. He said it's due to increased operating expenses

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 6, 2021

If there is no written lease, then it is a month to month tenancy, and landlord or tenant can terminate it at the end of any month by giving 30 days' written notice. If you don't pay the new rent amount, then he can give you a 30 day notice to terminate the lease. If you don't... Read more »

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Q: If our home lease doesn't end until February of 2022 can we get evicted for not renewing the lease in November

We're not behind on the rent, never has been

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 29, 2021

If the landlord files an eviction, then the judge would determine if the tenant has breached a term of the current lease and an eviction is required. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the current lease and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My landlord is attempting to raise my rent because I have a child that is not on the lease. Is that okay?

I am on a month to month lease as of now, and last week my landlord texted my saying that my rent was to be increased due to my adult child. Then today, he texted me again demanding I pay even more on my rent for my minor child and threatened to evict me in two weeks if I do not pay. I do not have... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 29, 2021

If a tenant is on a month to month lease, either tenant or landlord can terminate the lease by giving 30 days notice in writing. Landlord also can give tenant notice that the rent is increasing. If tenant does not pay, then landlord can give the 30 day notice to terminate the lease, and if tenant... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Is a lease termination fee enforceable as a penalty if the landlord is able to find a new tenant upon lease termination?

Cincinnati, Ohio- I submitted a notice to vacate 60 days prior to moving out of my apartment. I am breaking my lease prior to the agreed end date of my lease. The lease agreement contains a clause stating early termination of lease will result in a fee equal to two months rent. Is this enforceable... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 22, 2021

If you don't pay, and then landlord sues, the court would determine if it is enforceable or not. But landlord might not sue, and instead might make an adverse entry on your credit report for non-payment, lowering your credit score and making it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: what do I do if my landlord refuse to pay for roach extermination

I moved in in april paid a 700 deposit had to clean the apartment myself found cockroaches have been asking for professional exterminator since landlord says he wont pay for professional but will buy paste to put on the walls but I have a small child and the paste is not safe he also called all... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 11, 2021

Call the local health dept. which might send out an inspector to order landlord to do more. Also check your local court web site for the process to start paying your rent on time each month into escrow with the court. The court will then have the landlord come in to explain what is being done to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can we end the lease if we don’t have the washer that was promised to us? We have been living here a month waiting

If we end our lease can we get the deposit back or do we have to keep paying full rent even though we don’t have what was promised to us?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 8, 2021

If you try to end the lease, the landlord could sue you for breach of the lease and file an eviction. Not having the washer probably would not be a valid defense, but it could be. If landlord files an eviction against you, it is a permanent public record that can make it difficult to rent from a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: can my landlord terminate lease stating he sold home if he has not? only to move other Tenants in?

I was giving a letter stating he was terminating the lease because he sold the home and the new owners wanted to live in the property. However he did not sell the home and plans to move new tenants in.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 4, 2021

Selling a home does not give the owner or new owner a basis to terminate existing lease rights. Any current written lease will continue in full force until the expiration date stated in the written lease. A tenant would not have to leave, and the owner has no right to force tenant out, until the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: What can I do if my property manager wont replace my moldy AC unit?

The AC unit is included in the rental, but not mentioned specifically in the lease. I notified my property manger on Sept. 28th that the window AC unit had mold behind the vents. I asked for it to be replaced and after a little back and forth they said they had to order a new unit and it would be... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 28, 2021

You'll have to work it out with the property manager. AC won't be needed for months. With all the supply chain disruption, AC equipment might be hard to find until spring.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: After I move out during an eviction, with no scheduled court date, do I need to pay the remaining rent balance?

I’ve recently been evicted and I have no known court date. I am 18 and have no idea what I am doing or what’s going to happen. I have a place to live but I need to know if I’ll need to pay my remaining rent due which I was evicted for not paying rent. The balance is a lot and there’s really... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 25, 2021

If you don't pay the rent that you owe, the landlord might decide to sue you for it. Usually that claim for money is filed along with an eviction lawsuit. So you might get a notice of a future court hearing on how much you owe. Or the landlord might not bother to pursue that unpaid rent, if... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: So my stepgrandmother got the property when my grandfather died and my dad has been living there for over 30 years

Now she is trying to kick them out because they are only the step kids but my grandpa's wishes was for them to stay on the property and it be divided between the kids after she dies but she's trying to kick them out is there something he can do

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling answered on Oct 19, 2021

Very sorry to hear about this. I suspect your grandfather did not give legal effect to his intent, so your options are limited. It's worth talking to an attorney about, but you should keep your expectations low.

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I am the main-applicant of my apartment. Can I get co-applicant evicted

The co-applicant is my girlfriend. She constantly harasses and threatens me. She will scream and yell for hours if need be. She does not help with any bills or household necessities (including food). She has no problem slandering me or my family constantly. She has no respect for me or anything in... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Oct 15, 2021

If you are both tenants on the lease, then you are in a tough spot. If she was just listed on the application as a resident and you are the sole renter on the lease, you likely could evict here. But if you are both true tenants, it is unlikely that you would have any superior right over her to... Read more »

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Q: (OHIO) Is/was it legal for a landlord to raise the price of rent during covid pandemic?

Had verbal agreement with father of land lord (original landlord), to never raise the rent as long as occupying residence.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 13, 2021

There was a moratorium that prevented some evictions during the pandemic, but nothing that prevented changes in rent. Without a written agreement specifying the lease rent, then it is month-to-month tenancy, and the landlord can change the rent or any other terms, or even terminate the tenancy by... Read more »

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Q: In Ohio, can a landlord prevent a tenant from being present during a final inspection before move out

I have moved out of my apartment and attempted to schedule the final walkthrough but the landlord indicated that they do not do final inspections with the tenants, which makes me concerned about their intentions during the walkthrough. Do I have any right in the eyes of state law to be present

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 11, 2021

Nothing requires landlord to have tenant accompany on a final inspection. If not arranged before vacating, tenant should make its own detailed inspection including photographs when all belongings have been removed, to be able to document the condition if landlord makes any deductions from the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord evict you so he can move in?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Oct 8, 2021

Look to the terms of your lease agreement. As long as he complies with his legal obligations then it doesn't matter what his subsequent plans for the property are. The landlord is the owner and can do what he wants with the property.

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