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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Products Liability for Ohio on
Q: Can a person who sold me a car with a title that was not in his name get in trouble after taking my money

Paid $600 for car I have title and keys. Also paid $300 for a trailer no title. Now the trailer is impounded and the person on the title doesn't want to sell it to me but her boyfriend already took my money

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 10, 2020

Yes, you can get into trouble for selling things that do not belong to you. That's both fraud and theft.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Construction Law and Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello, I recently had a drain field re dug in my septic system. The cost was $5500.

Within a few months the same issue began. We contacted the company who performed the initial work and through numerous attempts and 8 missed appointments on the company's end, the issue is still not fixed and our renters are threatening to move out. Additionally, the septic company instructed... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 28, 2020

You can sue the contractor in small claims court up to $6000. Check your local court for the form to file. But you must present proof that the work was not done properly, so have another contractor inspect and provide a written quote for repairs. Or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Iij am asking for an elderly friend. His land lord is terminating his lease.. but the tenant does not want this..

He has lived here over 20 years. I know the land lord is terminating this lease because he cant raise the rent to what he gets from new tenants.. he also has wants to make renovations on this apartment. Wich I understand. But does my friend have to be homeless because of the landlords needs

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 24, 2020

If the tenant's lease is not expiring, landlord cannot make him leave until the end of the lease term. But if the tenant's lease is expiring, then unless the lease gives tenant an automatic renewal or a right to renew, landlord is not under any obligation to renew or extend the lease... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Contractor Agreement, can I get out of it

While I was in the hospital my husband took over my hunt for a contractor to complete roof/siding/gutter and potentially window replacement. He arranged and signed an agreement with a contractor. The agreement only covers items in the event we would be rewarded money from the insurance. I am also... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 16, 2020

You question cannot be answered without a review of the contract. The contractor might not have complied with all the consumer protection requirements, which could allow you to terminate it. You can try terminating it yourself, but the contractor might then sue you. Or you can use the Find a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Consumer Law and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: If the landlord allowed me to put 15,000$ of work into his house and Now he trying to evict me, can I sue for that mone

I been living in this home for 16 years and i finally decided to ask him can I put some work into the home and it costs me 15,000 and it made the value of the home go up, he can now charge $800 instead of 200$ in rent, So he wants to evict me out of the house, can I sue for that money out of that... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Sep 5, 2020

You may have a case for unjust enrichment, contact an attorney to discuss how to file the claim and what you need to allergies

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Buyer has approval but house value lower than asking price in appraisal contract had already been signed but mortgage

Won't go above appraisal

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 28, 2020

Either seller has to agree to a lower price, or buyer can't get a loan and close the purchase - so the contract must be terminated.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: If a person has purchase agreement on a house and has out earnest money up. And all is good until appraisal comes back l

Buyer has no more money and mortgage company won't approve loan for more than appraisal what options does buyer have and realitor puts house back on market and doesn't tell buyer trying to buy

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 28, 2020

If buyer cannot get a loan,and is unable to get money to close the purchase, then buyer should terminate the contract under the financing contingency, and seller should return the earnest money to buyer. The realtor should have buyer and seller sign a contract termination and mutual release. Or... Read more »

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Q: Can we walk away from a vehicle deal with our down payment?

We put $7000 down payment at a dealership on a truck that was coming from the manufacturer. We were told it would be in “any day”. It’s been nearly 4 weeks. No truck.

Everyday the dealer says it should be here “any day”.

We just want to walk away. We want our down... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Aug 24, 2020

It depends on what your contract says. A lawyer may be able to look over the contract for you and determine how/when you can get out of it.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: does a company have to tell you who they pay a death claim to
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 22, 2020

Generally, a private company doesn't have to tell you anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: I bought a a SUV 14 days ago. Paid cash. They said they were going to repair a dent in the roof. I still haven’t

Received the car. What am I to do?

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Aug 13, 2020

If you have it in writing that they agreed to repair a dent in the roof, you can likely sue them for the damages. If it's not in writing, you're probably out of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Construction Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What steps do I take to get my money back?

We had a house fire, my contractor was given $40k, pulled no permits to work on my house, barely did any work and the work he did do was incorrect and has to be redone. He will not give the money back and at this point will not return phone calls.

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jul 21, 2020

This sounds like a violation of Ohio's home construction statute. I recommend bringing an action against him and seeking a claim against his municipal bond.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal in Ohio for retailers to refuse cash payment? All US monies have "Legal Tender" on them...

Most retailers in our area are refusing cash payment and instead are requiring you to pay via card or some sort of cash app.

Mark Martin Turner
Mark Martin Turner answered on Jul 16, 2020

Yes, it is legal for a private business to accept only some sorts of payments and to refuse cash payments. A governmental institution or chartered bank cannot refuse cash.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: What is the statue of limitations for a bank to sue a person in Columbus, Ohio?

I had a bank account with Huntington National Bank back in 2003. I helped a friend get a rental car so he could go see about his daughter that was in the hospital in New York. The rental payment and everything went fine with no problems. Two weeks later I was informed that my account was overdrawn... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jul 13, 2020

Is someone actually bringing a claim against you? It's unclear from the question. Determining the statute of limitations depends on what cause of action they're bringing.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: If i have an old debt from over 10 years ago where any payment was made and that has an expired judgement from 5 years

ago that was sold to a different company that now using a third party collector that sent a collections letter can id dispute based on sol or no?

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jul 6, 2020

You might be able to claim an FDCPA violation as well. A good attorney should be able to give you a hand at little to no cost to you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Who is the best person to talk to about consumer fraud? I suspect me and my husband are victims of consumer fraud.

My husband and I purchased the cabin. There was a verbal agreement that the seller would help us find a mover. I told him we would need help with getting a mover the first time I spoke to him. He said yes he would. Then when we proposed an offer and before he went in to the house to talk with... Read more »

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Jun 30, 2020

The District Attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: OK so I’ve had this car loan since 2016 I’ve been paying steady on it I’ve maybe had one late payment. So

The creditor the assigns the contract to a debt collector which I took an opportunity to dispute the debt so I sent a dispute the dead verification and validation of that letter certified mail notary presented in they ignored that I gave him 30 days and it’s actually been over 30 days. They try... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 30, 2020

It sounds like you might have an FDCPA claim, if you'd like representation feel free to give me a call.

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Q: I got charge $800 after paying an overdue bill of $960 to get my car back is this legal?

The bill for the car got back a few months the car was repossessed, But they said to pay the $960 to get the car back. I feel like I should not have been charged another $800 the next month!

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 30, 2020

It depends on your contract and statements.

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Q: If some one buys a car from dealer ship and sign a as is contract but later find frame damge that was not disclosed

Was not disclosed when purchasing vehicle

Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera
Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera answered on Jun 12, 2020

Many car dealers believe that selling a vehicle “as is” prevents the buyer from bringing a lawsuit for defects, but it does not bar all future claims. A transaction may include both implied warranties and express warranties. An “as is” clause disclaims implied warranties only. Any express... Read more »

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Q: A friend of mine has been taking care of my dog for over 2 years now wants it gone. Humane society says he's legalowner?

I believed they were going to keep him I stopped over and visit regularly I can't bring him home with my current dog

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 9, 2020

He is likely the legal owner at this point.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: What actions can I take against an online company that cancelled my free trial but charged me anyway?

Hello, I signed up for a free trial of an online learning course a few months ago and then cancelled before I got charged. It took a while to finally get it done, but through email they cancelled my membership. About a month later I noticed a charge on my account from this company. I emailed again... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 9, 2020

Draft a demand letter, include evidence of your cancelation, and demand they repay. It may be a false/deceptive business practice, and you might be able to file a small claims matter alleging a CSPA violation if they refuse to give you your money back.

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