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Q: All the money I had was used for oving expenses when I moved in on 12/13, but I needed to pay another full month on 1/1

The last couple weeks of the year are really bad at work for business and I couldn't pay on time. The last couple weeks have been better and was planning on paying what I owed this Monday 1/20, but I came home from work today and found an Eviction Notice on My door saying I need to vacate the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 17, 2020

The only thing you can do is try to work it out with landlord. But landlord does not have to agree, and can proceed with the eviction. If a tenant is facing money problems, it is always better to tell the landlord ahead of time, and try to avoid this. For non-payment of rent, landlord posts the... Read more »

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Q: I gave a landlord money down on a apartment and turns out there's people living there and she's not doing a eviction

She came to me and asked if I was interested she said she needed money down. Turns out there is a family living there and she's not filling a eviction what can I do to get my money back she won't give it to me I have a receipt

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 15, 2020

File a claim in small claims court. Check your local court web site for the process. If your city has a fair housing office, contact it also.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Is there any way to keep my LL from being financially/legally resp for a friend living with me if it doesn't work out?

I am in a lease agreement and a friend is temporarily going to stay with me. Is there any "binding" document that I can get signed that will state my landlord will not be held legally or financially responsible? I am willing to take on full responsibility for any damages etc.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 9, 2020

You are free to contract with your landlord for you to take all responsibilities, sure. A contract is really nothing more than an agreement and you generally have a right to agree with another to anything that is not illegal. But an agreement takes two. If they don't want to contract with you along... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I'm getting ready to mobe out of state still married do i need permission to take my daughter out of state
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 9, 2020

You don't need permission while you are married, but your spouse could immediately file for divorce and temporary custody, and the court could require you to return the child. Consult your attorney before moving.

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Q: If I was evicted from an apartment and am applying for new ones, what is my old landlord allowed tell my new landlord?

What is my old landlord allowed to tell my potential new ones about my eviction? How much information are they allowed to give? Do they just list the reason why or are they allowed to say whatever they want?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 8, 2020

They might say anything - of course, a tenant can sue the landlord if landlord tells lie. If there is an eviction on a tenant's record, the new landlord can find that in the records, and it might make it difficult for tenant to find a new place.

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Q: Eviction paperwork only sent for my fiance and not me. For both of us to be evicted would I have to be served papers too

Both on lease but only one of us got served eviction papers to leave the apartment.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 7, 2020

The notice to leave typically includes all occupants at the premises, even if not named. If an eviction is filed, the tenant and typically any other occupants all would be evicted. But if you attend the eviction hearing, you can testify that your name is on the lease, but you were not named in... Read more »

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Q: Can the landlord still evict us after accepting partial payment of rent? Notice came after payment was accepted.

3 day notice came while I was in the hospital delivering my daughter. After discharged I turned in a prc voucher for a portion of the past due balance, but received an eviction notice a few days after. For the original full amount of the past due balance. Would the landlord have to resubmit... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 6, 2020

If landlord accepts any payment after starting the eviction process, then landlord must start all over again. But if a partial payment is made and accepted, a landlord can file an eviction after that, since the rent was not paid in full.

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Q: I gave 60 days notice to terminate my lease but my landlord says that was insufficient is is trying to force us to stay?

Signed a lease in July 2014 with a written end date of July 2015. Terms stated lease does automatically renew unless 60 days notice is given. We have never signed a new lease renewal. I gave my landlord 60 days notice that I want to leave on January 31, 2020, but they are claiming we are breaking... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 31, 2019

The 60 days notice is required to terminate the lease at its normal expiration date, July 2020, and not have it auto renew. You will have to negotiate an early termination with landlord on whatever terms landlord will accept. Landlord is under no obligation to terminate early. The lease is a... Read more »

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Q: Money has been in escrow since October 2019 due to no heat, wildlife inside the walls, etc.

Landlord just provided today (12/30/19) a “30 day notice to leave premises”

Is that legal?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 31, 2019

It could be considered a retaliatory eviction. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the facts and advise you. An eviction is a permanent public record that can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the records. So talk to an attorney to work... Read more »

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Q: What happens when a move out statement is not received within the 30 days required by law?

Am I still liable to pay these damages?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 30, 2019

If landlord sues you for the damages, you can counterclaim for failure to provide an itemized list of charges against your security deposit, and potentially recover twice the amount of the deposit, plus your attorney fees. But landlord might not bother to sue you, and instead, could just make an... Read more »

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Q: DOES A 'NOTICE TO LEAVE PREMISES ' COME FIRST BEFORE EVICTION NOTICE?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 26, 2019

Landlord first gives a Notice to Leave. If tenant does not leave, landlord then filed the eviction. An eviction is a permanent court record that can make it difficult for you to rent from a landlord who checks. So if you are leaving anyway, work it out with landlord to avoid having the eviction... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Is an Ohio lease agreement valid if it excludes the address, start date, and it is not signed by all named tenants?

The lease agreement was signed by one of three tenants named on the agreement in order to join a wait list for an apartment in March 2020. The landlord did not provide the address or start date on the lease agreement because they were not sure what units would be available at the time we would be... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 18, 2019

The landlord can sue the one who did sign. The court would then determine if the lease is valid with missing information and with a specific apartment not identified. It depends on what the lease says and all the circumstances in which it was signed.

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Q: My girlfriends mothers landlord is trying to evict them because he hates me and dont want me around is that legal?

I'm not on there lease or rental agreement in any way as I do not live there

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 11, 2019

It might or might not be a valid eviction, depending on what basis the landlord uses to file the eviction. The judge at the eviction hearing will decide. But an eviction is a permanent public record, that can make it difficult for them to rent from a landlord who checks the records. So consider... Read more »

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Q: Do I have to declare to the tenant that I am inspecting for issues if I'm there with permission already fixing items?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 10, 2019

The law is not that specific. Here is Ohio Section 5321.05: "The tenant shall not unreasonably withhold consent for the landlord to enter into the dwelling unit in order to inspect the premises, make ordinary, necessary, or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements, deliver... Read more »

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Q: How do i put my money in escrow for repairs not being done if county clerk states he doesn't own my house?

landlord has failed to do all repairs: ac/heat flooring, plumbing. There are mths that he will say pay me $300 TODAY. He will send an email confirming. I went to put my money in escrow and was told he is not the owner/landlord so it would be difficult to do that since the business that is listed no... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 10, 2019

Report the problems to the local building dept. If you don't have a lease or are month to month, give 30 day notice to terminate so you can move.

Check the address on the county auditor web site to determine who is the owner. If that owner no longer exists, then somebody has to own it....
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Q: rough couple months was served eviction papers for 1 month late rent i have all said monies do i put in escrow

1 month late previous month to that i was 2 weeks late but have always paid and told landlord i had said monies i had to pull out of savings took a picture of the check monday and was served today i didn't deposit the check because of no answer on their end. I even sent a pic of the check which i... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 5, 2019

A landlord does not have to accept any late rent payments and can proceed with an eviction. The court will schedule the eviction hearing a couple weeks later, and if it orders an eviction, would typically give you 7 days to move. You possibly could delay the eviction by filing an answer to the... Read more »

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Q: I am owner and have a 3yr tenant who am giving a 30 day notice can he appeal that if he has kids I am wanting to sell

He says heal appeal it and stay there for 90days free plus he has done alot of property damage

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 2, 2019

If he is causing property damage, file an eviction. The court will schedule the hearing a couple weeks later, and then give him 7 days to get out. There is no "90 days free." Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the lease and the facts, and represent you in filing the... Read more »

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Q: In the state of Ohio are there any laws against a home owner (ex fiance) throwing my personal belongings out in the rain

5 year relationship I paid 100% of down payment and closing cost. He is the loan holder. Do I have any rights? Other than being trusting and stupid. Can he just throw my belongings out and change the locks

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 2, 2019

If you name is not on the deed, then you were a tenant. You can sue him for wrongful eviction and the cost of the damaged property. You can file a claim in small claims court up to $6000. Check the local court web site for the forms and process.

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Q: Can my daughters landlord give her a verbal 14 day notice to move?

After they gave a 14 day verbal I let them know that I will look into renter's rights. They went to her 2 days later and said a utility will be disconnected in 3 days ( they are in the landlords name because they claim the property as their primary residence even though my daughter has rented from... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 21, 2019

If landlord does not follow the proper eviction procedure, tenant can sue landlord for wrongful eviction. If landlord turns off the water, tenant can report that to the local building dept., which might order landlord to turn it back on. If landlord files an eviction, that is a permanent court... Read more »

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Q: If renting a house in Columbus ohio with Attached garage can the landlord tell you can’t use the Garage

Renting a house and I ask him for the keys to the Garage he’s in her garage is off-limits can’t use it

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 20, 2019

It depends on how carefully the lease designated the premises that you are renting. If it does not specifically include garage, then it might not. If you can't work it out with landlord, use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the lease and communicate with... Read more »

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