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2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: My sons girl friend gave $ to the family to hold so they could get an apt

they were saving up for an apartment together before they broke up this week. she wants to take it all but $200 of the $. but he bought her an iphone for $300-$400 she doesn't want to pay him back for it out of her share. she has threaten to bring the cops so they can make him give her all the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 20, 2020

The cops are unlikely to do anything. They certainly won't make him pay money. The aren't collection agents. That isn't what cops do. She would have to go to small claims court.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Ohio on
Q: My roommate moved out and we're both still on the lease. Is she still responsible for her half of the rent?

My roommate has completely moved out, but she says she will still pay her rent. Because she's on the lease. How can I legally get a new roommate?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 28, 2019

Both of you remain fully liable for the entire monthly rent amount. If she stops paying, and you do not pay it in full, landlord can evict you and sue both of you. Check your lease to determine if it allows you to sublease, or work it out with landlord if you find a new roommate.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: If the County job and family services says I owe them money but can't provide proof of money being owed to them

What do or can I do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 14, 2018

Do you have documents that show you paid the amounts they say are due? Were the amounts you paid listed on your tax returns, payroll deductions, or bank statements? If their records show you owe money, even if they don't have full documentation of that, you might have the burden to prove... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Had a sublet for 2 weeks now but never moved into the room. Later occupied by another girl can I get my money back?

I had a sublet with girl 1 to take over her portion of the lease. The leasing company told us to have an informal lease agreement basically stating that I would be taking over. I got the keys and everything and gave her $505 for the rent for the month. A day goes by and my room is occupied with... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 28, 2017

You can sue in small claims court to try to get your money back. But even if the court gives you a judgment, then you have to try to collect it, which is another visit to court.

Q: If I live in a home my family owns half of, can I be evicted if the other party is trying to force us to sell it?

My parent paid over half the value of this home as s favor to a family friend when her spouse died to keep the previous owner from foreclosure..under the verbal agreement made in front of our attorney she agreed my family would pay off the balance of the house, she would live in it until she... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 11, 2017

The owner named on the deed can evict anyone whose name is not on the deed. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney who can review all the facts of this complicated situation and advise you on your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: friends homeless asking to stay for 5 days w their belongings in garage, been 25 days no rent.Need to evict them?

no rent , no money exchanged at all. have recorded was only temporary, stole my debit n didn't press charges, do I need to evict them? what about their belonging filling my garage, cannot get to my necessary belongings?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 19, 2017

Yes, unfortunately, you must use the proper eviction process. If you don't, they could sue you for wrongful eviction - and they probably would. Give them a 3-day notice for non-payment of rent, and then file for eviction after 3 days. The court might dismiss that, since there was never an... Read more »

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