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Q: Can a new property management company charge additional fees with no notification or new lease with them yet?

No notice was given about fees they are trying to currently trying to charge me. I am currently month to month. We discussed signing a new lease but have not received any paperwork or told when a new lease has to be signed

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 31, 2020

A month to month can be terminated at the end of any month by landlord or tenant by giving 30 days written notice. Notice given March 31 terminates the lease on April 30. If you don't agree and pay the new fees, then they can evict you.

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Q: Roof leaking, water poring down walls. No lease.
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 29, 2020

Take photos. Document damage. Contact landlord. If not fixed, then start paying your rent into escrow with your local court, or move out and sue landlord in small claims court. Or call a roofer to fix it, pay for it, and sue landlord in small claims court for reimbursement. Or with no written... Read more »

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Q: Will the landlord have any ability to charge me extra fees or keep my security deposit?

I sent a certified letter to the landlord on March 4, 2020 letting them know I'm moving out at the end of April. This was well within the required 45 day notice as my lease auto renews in May (the 15th I believe) if notice is not given. He never picked up the certified letter and it was returned to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 27, 2020

Send it by FedEx and get delivery confirmation. Nobody refuses FedEx. Anybody can sue for anything -- so landlord could sue you for breach of the lease and say it auto-renewed because you didn't give proper notice. But at the hearing, you can provide evidence of your attempts to deliver notice.... Read more »

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Q: I received eviction noticed and have upcoming court date. The landlord is texting me demanding rent money in meantime?

She (landlord) keeps texting me a lot, saying someone will be moving in on april 1st 2020 even though we are set to go to court to have a judge hear the case which is set for after april 1st. Then says she wants rent money if Im going to stay and wait on the court date to take place. Can she... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 25, 2020

She can still demand payment, but if she accepts it, the court is unlikely to evict you unless there are other issues aside from non-payment. Accepting payment after filing for the eviction is basically settling the case. Someone else cannot move in before you go to court. Indeed, even if you lose... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Is it possible to ask for your lease to be terminated in the event that you've made numerous noise complaints?

I'm having issues with my upstairs neighbor that's getting out of control due to my several complaints against him for playing loud music and dragging his chairs across his kitchen floor in retaliation to my complaints. I have informed my property manage, security and has also called the police.... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 23, 2020

You can ask, but landlord does not have to agree to an early termination, or landlord can agree -- if you pay an early termination fee. An automatic renewal can be valid. It depends on what it says. If you have given landlord written notice of the problem, then you could start paying your rent on... Read more »

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Q: My employment was effected by the corona pandemic. My landlord sent me a rent statement due on April 1st. I have no

Idea how I'm gonna pay yet. Can you tell me my rights as of now if any? She still expects her money

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 20, 2020

Yes, rent is due on time as required by your lease. If not paid, landlord can begin an eviction, unless the state imposes a delay on evictions. Court activity has been suspended temporarily, except for emergencies. So any eviction will take several weeks. Try to work it out with landlord. With... Read more »

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Q: Can we apply rental payments to our mortgage payments and then transfer ownership to tenant?

My husband and I own a house that we are renting out. Our tenant would like to buy the house but may not be able to secure a loan immediately. Is it legal to enter into an agreement with him that his rental payments will go towards paying off the mortgage? We would like to get it paid off in... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 19, 2020

That type of purchase is permitted and is called a land installment purchase agreement. There are several provisions that are required to be in the agreement by Ohio law, it must be signed by both seller/landlord and buyer/tenant, and their signatures notarized, and then it must be recorded in the... Read more »

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Q: I live in a 2 family duplex, is my neighbor legally allowed to operate a "daycare" from their side?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 19, 2020

It depends on the local zoning code and what the landlord will permit.

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Q: Being an existing tenant can a new owner start charging additional fees that u never had to pay before?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 17, 2020

A new owner/landlord must follow the terms of any written lease already in effect. But when that lease expires, the new landlord can change the rent, fees, and any other terms. The tenant can then decide to accept the new terms or move. If there is no written lease, then it is a month to month... Read more »

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Q: Can a new owner of a complex make an exciting tenant pay a pet depot and a pet fee if the pets have always been there?

Lived in home for 5yrs. 1st yr was under lease then month to month per lease signed. Can the new owner charge me additional fees that I was never responsible for?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 17, 2020

If you are still month to month, then either you or landlord can terminate your tenancy at the end of any month by giving 30 days prior written notice. So if you and landlord cannot work it out, then landlord can terminate your tenancy.

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Q: My building was finally sold. But our new landlord says we owe feb and Mar rent. Can he legally collect ALL of feb rent

He signed the paperwork on feb 28th of this month. But tells us we have to give him ALL of feb?

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 10, 2020

If you were under a lease that includes February and March, then you are legally obligated to pay rent for those months. If you already paid your prior landlord rent for February, then the new owner is not entitled to additional February rent since it was already paid. If you did not pay anyone... Read more »

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Q: I was 4 days late in giving notice to move out. They want to charge me $2000 to break the lease. Is this reasonable?

I remember being told when I move in that I have to give a 30 day notice when I want to terminate my contract at the end of the first 12 months. However, I reread the contract recently, and it states that I must give a 60 day notice. The section that states I have 60 days also includes a 30 day... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Mar 8, 2020

An automatic renewal clause is unenforceable in Ohio if the lease was not notarized, or the renewal is limited to three years total under Ohio's statute of conveyances. Most residential leases fail to either limit the automatic renewal or fail to get it notarized. Review the lease and see if the... Read more »

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Q: I want to move but my landlord is saying I have to pay rent for the next 30 days when I would have already left. Do I ?

I haven't signed or renewed my lease and it expired a year ago. I gave a verbal agreement of my desire to move out before my next monthly payment 30 days ago. I recently gave a written notice, my landlord is demanding I pay the next 30 days rent though I will no longer be on the premise. My lease... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 2, 2020

You are on a month to month lease, which requires 30 days written notice to terminate at the end of a month. If you gave written notice in February, it would take effect to terminate your lease on March 31, so you would have to pay rent for March, even if you move out sooner than March 31. If you... Read more »

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Q: If a plaintiff passes away what do you do about a unpaid judgement you owe ?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 2, 2020

The judgment is not cancelled. The estate can collect on the judgment, just as the plaintiff could have done.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: What recourse do I have for tenants who haven’t paid rent (and other bills) in 4 months? Will I ever see that money?

I live in Ohio and the tenants have had medical issues that prevented them from paying I tried to be nice but found out I was getting strung along on a document they forged from the government (PRC) so I immediately had an eviction letter sent via certified mail. I’m still waiting on the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 2, 2020

The eviction process requires a written 3 day notice to vacate for non-payment of rent. If tenant does not vacate, landlord then files an eviction complaint with the court. The court is not going to respond to your calls. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to assist you with... Read more »

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Q: I moved into an apartment with my girlfriend we both are on the lease and I'm head of household. We can't get along

I'm moving and want my deposit since I'm the one who paid it. She's staying. I think I should get it back and she should have to pay her own deposit. If I move should I get it back.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 2, 2020

If you both signed the lease, you both are equally liable to pay the rent in full each month for the full duration of the lease. Your lease contract is with the landlord, not with her. The landlord is not likely to refund any part of the deposit to you if you move out, unless you can convince her... Read more »

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Q: Moved in with boyfriend he signed lease ad head of household but there are saying I owe when we got evicted is this lega

He signed as head of household the resposible party for paying. I signed as an occupant not responsible for paying we got evicted due to being late on rent they wouldn't accept a late payment even though we tried to make arrangements and let them know it was going to be late. So they evicted us... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 26, 2020

It isn't illegal for them to say it. But if you did not sign the lease to be financially liable for the rent, then they have no legal basis to try to get it from you. Some landlords do not act properly, and they might still sue you. But to win, they would have to produce the written lease that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: What legal action can I take if my roomate is getting me evicted?

My roommate hasn't been paying his rent on time since October, but I never knew until December because neither he or the landlord told me. I was sent a possible eviction notice in December by the landlord and that's when I found out. I paid my half on time every month, but every month because of... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 25, 2020

If both you and your roommate signed the lease, then you are both fully liable to pay the entire amount of rent owed - joint liability. In an eviction, the landlord can sue both of you, get a judgment, and then collect from one or both of you, whichever landlord chooses. Try to work it out with... Read more »

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Q: I had a fabulous tenant for three years who suddenly went MIA. PD searched property in case the worst happened.

What we found instead was that he left town and handed keys to a friend of his son's, telling him he could just have the place. The lease clearly states no sub-leasing, but no notice was even attempted. PD advised me that Ohio law changed and I no longer have to evict as he does not have "legal... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 24, 2020

Ask the police for the reference to the change in the law they mention. Unless they can provide that, then if the son won't leave voluntarily and you change the locks, he could sue you. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to assist you.

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Q: my landlord is threatening an eviction after I said I am moving in 2 weeks and offered 2 weeks worth of rent

I asked him to use part of my deposit for the first half of the month because I wasn't sure of my move out date. He agreed via a dated text. I came home to a 3 day notice. He has now told me he will evict me unless I give a full months rent but he already accepted the deposit and I offered half a... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 13, 2020

To file an eviction, he only needs to pay the filing fee - even if he doesn't have a valid basis. An eviction is a permanent public record, even if he loses and the eviction is dismissed, and it can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the records. So try to work it out with... Read more »

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