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Q: Can A rental office refuse to renew my lease even if I’ve never had problems and always been early on rent ?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 17, 2021

Unless a lease gives tenant a right of renewal, landlord has no obligation to renew, and does not need a reason for non-renewal. Try to negotiate a new lease, but you must find a new place otherwise.

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Q: How does it work?

If my landlord files an eviction because I didn’t leave upon the end of my lease, if I move out before the eviction process is done, what happens? Will the court continue the eviction ruling and evict me or add it on my credit report ?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

The court and landlord could proceed with the eviction to legally terminate your tenancy. The landlord could make an adverse entry on your credit record, but the court does not do that. Try to work it out with landlord to avoid that and to get the eviction dismissed, although it will still show... Read more »

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Q: What should I do?

I live in an apartment that I lived in for 3 years with my family, we found a place to move to but it’s available 1 month after the expiry of the lease and we haven’t been able to find anything else, I talked to my landlord and said I can’t keep you here for a month, we can’t move out... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

If you don't leave when your lease ends, then landlord would have to file an eviction to get you out. But the eviction process can take 3 or 4 weeks. So that would be the extra month you need. Tell your landlord that, and try to resolve staying for that extra month.

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Q: Why would a apartment complex send out a fine through a lawyer verse the security team as usual?

Receiving a 200 dollar fine for something they just put into order. Normally fines , 30 day notices ect are sent out through security but this time they said it will be send via mail from their lawyer. When asked they wouldn’t supply a reason as to why it was being done this way

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 15, 2021

Perhaps they want additional formalities to show proof that notice was received? Without more facts it would just be guessing.

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Q: What are my rights?

I have been in my apartment for 4 years. This past Friday I received a letter stating my landlord will not be renewing my lease. My rent is current and paid each month. The only complaints I've had have been from the last 2 weeks about my emotional support animals barking. My landlord asked me... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 14, 2021

Unless you have a renewal option in your lease, landlord has no legal obligation to renew it. Even if his decision not to renew is because of your emotional support animals, he can still refuse. In theory, you could try to say that was some kind of retaliation or disability violation or... Read more »

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Q: My lease is up on June 19th and the new rental can not guarantee it will be ready until June 30th. What are my rights?

I have left several messages with our current property manager but have yet to hear back from them. We have been legal tenants for just over 2 years with no issues. The landlord offered us a lease renewal, but we elected to decline and turned in a 60 day notice as is required in our lease. The... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 10, 2021

Your landlord would have to evict you, yes. But you don’t want an eviction just especially before you’re set to sign a new lease. After all, the new landlord may decide not to rent to you. So yes you have the legal right to get evicted, which would take longer than the two weeks, but that’s... Read more »

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Q: Do I have to evict someone who has stayed for 5 days
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 2, 2021

Talk to your local police. If they won't help get them out, then you will have to follow the eviction process. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to assist you.

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Q: I signed a 2 year lease and fell behind due to Covid, paid in full now. My landlord claims lease is broken and selling

What are my rights?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 24, 2021

An owner can always sell property, even if leased to a tenant. But the buyer must honor the lease for the remainder of the lease term. The lease does not end when the property is sold, and so long as the tenant is not currently in default or does not breach the lease, there is no grounds for an... Read more »

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Q: Ohio. may i withhold rent? no rental agreement signed. Landlord (LL) owns 3 units, to my knowledge.

Out-of-state landlord (LL) was advised ~end of Feb, 2021 of leaking water in basement. This is apparently sewage pipe backup as significant blackwater in basement - odor comes through hot air vents causing health issues.

Regular plumber came, did initial assessment, then never returned.... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 19, 2021

I would suggest speaking with a landlord tenant attorney in person for a full consultation before you take such actions. You are essentially arguing for a constructive eviction due to the condition of the property.

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Q: Do the cops have the right to search a a hotel room

The hotel room was in my name I was at the store my boyfriend got arrested in the parking lot for possession when I returned from the store I was told I was being evicted in the cop search my room do they have the right to do that

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 19, 2021

This is actually a really complex question that requires knowledge of a whole bunch of facts not contained in your question. For example, when your right to possession of the room ended and the hotel regained the right to let the police in themselves depends upon a number of factors. The police may... Read more »

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Q: How can I legally remove my ex from my home?

My ex is refusing to move out and now is starting to make my life miserable. She pushes me to the point where I am scared of what I might do, and will antagonize me telling me she's not scared, she'll call the cops. I need her to move out and move on. How can I do this? The mortgage is in... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 12, 2021

If she is an ex-wife, and you now are the sole owner of the house from the divorce, then you can file with the domestic relations court to get an order for her to leave, or you can file an eviction. If you were not married, and her name is not on the deed, then you must evict her. Use the Find a... Read more »

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Q: In Ohio, are landlords allow to request entry like "Thursday or Friday" or do they have to pick specific a day.
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 12, 2021

Ohio law requires "reasonable" notice, but does not define what is "reasonable." Typically, 24 hours is considered reasonable. Talk to the landlord to work it out.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: If someone inherits a home and all heirs agree do we have to wait til probate to evict tenants so we can move in?

He has a copy of the will leaving the home to him. Can we use that to start the eviction process on the tenants? They are nice ppl and have lived there a few years. We gave them 3 mths but at the end of the 3 mths we dont want to have to wait another couple mths to evict if they dont move. We are... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling answered on May 10, 2021

It's easy to transfer the property out of the decedent's name and into the names of the heirs. Then, you won't have any issues with the probate court when you file eviction. Generally, unless a will says otherwise, an administrator (executor) needs special permission from the court... Read more »

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Q: Will a landlord give money back that you paid a full year to but haven't moved in yet?

If someone put a whole years rent payment on a house they want to rent, and something comes up to where they can't live in the house because something came up, will they be able to get the money back? They just got the keys not even a week ago and haven't even moved anything in yet.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 10, 2021

If a written lease was fully signed, and it is a contract for the full year that they paid, then they would have to negotiate with landlord. If tenants choose not to move in and live there, that is their choice. Landlord does not have to return their rent payment. But tenants can use the Find a... Read more »

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Q: Why are the renters rights so limited, especially when we've done nothing wrong but be in the wrong house during a sale.

I've been renting at the same place for 7 years. There are now new owners who want to do walkthroughs while I'm still residing there. They raised my rent by $250 and want $1000 security deposit. They have now issued a 30 day notice to vacate. It's so unfair because I have nowhere to... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Apr 30, 2021

Look to the politicians you vote for. They are the ones that create the laws. If you are renting and the owner chooses to terminate the lease, you need to go. For assistance in finding a new place you can always hire a realtor.

Best of luck.

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Q: What rights do we have to take possession of our new house per contract?

We are closing on our new home and the seller has her daughter living there on a month to month lease. She gave her a 30 day notice to vacate On March 2 and again on April 1st. The contract is signed by both the seller and us that we take possession 5 days after close. If the daughter has not... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Apr 27, 2021

If the month to month lease was recorded you would have constructive notice of the lease. As it is, you have actual knowledge that a month to month lease existed, and was terminated by giving a thirty (30) day notice of cancellation on March 2, 2021. As of April 1, 2021, the tenant no longer has... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal for new apartment building owners to increase rent based on cosmetic repairs done to the building?

New owners bought the building that I live in. My lease is up in May but I was told we won't resign until they have made all repairs to building which mostly include cosmetic. Painting, putting in new lights(when old ones worked fine) remodeling the lobby. She told me that after they complete... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 20, 2021

Unless local ordinance limits rent increases, or unless the lease has a renewal feature that specifies the renewal rent, then landlord can increase the rent at the expiration of the current lease, in whatever amount landlord chooses. If tenant does not agree to the new lease at the higher rent,... Read more »

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Q: Does the eviction moratorium stop me from evicting when I sell the property? They are on a month to month lease

I have a buyer for my rental property. The Tenants are on a month to month lease. We have given the tenants 60 days notice but they are unable to find a new rental. They are expressing that they plan to use the moratorium and not leave. The buyer wants to close and we need to have access to the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 20, 2021

You can file an eviction for termination of the monthly lease, but it is up to the court to determine if tenants are protected by the moratorium. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to advise you.

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Q: I have rented my house for 6 years. my landlord told me last week that he is putting it up for sale. He wants to come

and redo the wood floors. he said he is allowed to do mainteance. i see that as rehab. is he allowed to do this while I am livng here?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 20, 2021

He does not have the right to disturb your occupancy with that kind of work. You can refuse access. But that might lead to trouble with him. If he tries to enter, you can refuse and can call the police. Tell him that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to deal... Read more »

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Q: My landlord showed n sold the property in the same day did not give papers to let us know he was selling

The new owner served a nonrenewable paper and our lease was month to month from 5/11 thru 6/11. What are our rights

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 19, 2021

If a lease is month to month, and tenant had no right of renewal, or failed to renew, then either landlord or tenant can terminate the tenancy by giving 30 days advance written notice of lease termination. Landlord was not required to tell tenant of sale. New owner can terminate the lease. If... Read more »

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