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Q: Can my landlord have my vehicle towed? I still live here and have always parked out back in the driveway?

I live in Maine. My lease doesn't say anything about designated areas for parking and they don't have signs up. My car's battery needs to be replaced that is why I can't move it.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jan 26, 2019

I would need to see your lease to give you a more complete answer, but why does your landlord want to have your car towed? Have you asked him or her what the issue is?

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Q: Landlord shut water off morning after paying rent; won't answer his door or phone and have left notes on his door.

We have all receipts from rent payments, plus we gave him a phone and internet services from our set-up. His other tenant has not paid for some time now, I understand if he wants to shut her water off, but he doesn't have 2 separate shut offs for the water. My boyfriend and I are going on 2... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 21, 2018

Your question indicates that you have a written lease. You will want to review the terms of your lease to determine what your rights and remedies are under these circumstances and then follow the provisions of the lease. In all likelihood, your lease requires you to provide written notice to your... Read more »

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Q: My tenant passed away and was 3 months behind on rent. Can I still get the money from his family?
Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 10, 2018

If his family has not signed or guaranteed the lease, no. Your claim for rent owed would have to be presented to the representative or executor of the deceased tenant's estate. Generally, the deceased tenant’s estate is legally responsible for rental payments until the lease expires or is... Read more »

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Q: Landlord changed lease to have us pay electric but not other tenants, shared water heater and common area on our bill.

Our original lease with previous owner included all utilities. After being bought by new owner, landlord started requesting extra $ from us for the electric bill. A few months ago landlord forced us to sign new lease, lowering rent by $50, but putting electric in our name (bill averaging... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 3, 2018

Generally speaking, once you signed the new lease, you're bound by its terms, unless, for example, you have a claim that you were under duress at the time you signed it (which is very difficult to prove). I would suggest contacting CMP to see if they can help you sort out exactly what portion... Read more »

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Q: I am in a lease/option contract. The owner and I have found a buyer and is under a contract. Doesn't that void mine?

The buyer has a 30-day contract to buy the house..the title work was begun a month before his contract was signed. There is a 'gap in ownership' that the title company says is not an easy fix. They claim it could drag on for awhile. The owner is doing nothing to repair the title and... Read more »

Elliott R. Teel Esq
Elliott R. Teel Esq answered on Feb 22, 2018

More information is needed to really answer this question. The contract would need to be reviewed to determine if it was valid to begin with, or if there has been a breach.

Depending on the problem with the title, it may not be worth exercising your option right now.

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