Ohio Landlord - Tenant Questions & Answers

Q: I live in my boyfriend's house with my 2 daughters, 16 &28. He said we cannot have any visitors ever. Can he do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 22, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
It sounds like a difficult time. He is the owner. You and daughters are tenants. If you are moving out, it would seem best not to aggravate the situation further by having visitors come over. He could file an eviction action against all of you. An eviction is permanent court record and can make it difficult for your daughters to rent from a landlord who checks the records.

Q: Ive lived in a home i rent with a detached garage.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 16, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
There’s no question here.

Q: Can a landlord hold you to a year lease if you have lost your job and let them know with 30 day notice?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 16, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
They cannot get blood out of a turnip. They can sue for the extra months rent if you leave, if that's what the lease says, but they are unlikely to collect. Tell them so, and perhaps they will avoid wasting their time by suing you. If they sue, that becomes a permanent court record, and future landlords can find that, and make it difficult for you to rent. So try to work it out with landlord to avoid that.

Q: Can a landlord evict me in Ohio if I paid my rent late and did not include on of two late fees? Fees exceed 5% of rent.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 12, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Yes, landlord could file an eviction. It might get dismissed, but landlord can file it. If landlord files an eviction, that becomes a permanent court record, even if it later gets dismissed. That can make it difficult for you to rent from a future landlord who checks your name in the records. So try to work it out with landlord to avoid that problem.

Q: What r my rights if there is an eviction but I'm not in it and I have no lease but landlord knows 90 days at unit

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 8, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
It is enough for landlord to post the notice on the door. If there is an eviction, the eviction includes all residents, so you would have to leave.

Q: Can my landlord increase my rent because another tentent ran up the water bill d/t a leaky fawcet?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 5, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If you refuse to pay, then landlord can file to evict you. At the eviction hearing, you can provide evidence that the additional charges were caused by another tenant, and the court would decide. An eviction becomes a permanent court record, even if it is dismissed, and can make it difficult for you to rent from a landlord who checks the records. Try to work it out with landlord and the other tenants.

Q: Can a landlord charge tenants for common area (hallway, entry & exterior electricity + trash that is added to the rent?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 4, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
It depends on what the written lease, signed by you and landlord, says about paying for common area utilities and trash. If those charges were not stated in the lease, then landlord should pay those. But if you don't pay, landlord could file to evict you, and the court would review the lease and determine if the lease required you to pay.

Q: Can my landlord file criminal charges on me for using electric that was believed to be Mine

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 4, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If landlord has already filed a police report, the prosecutor will determine whether to file any charges. If charges are filed, use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a criminal defense attorney.

Q: Signed a lease in OH for April 1. found out we have to move elsewhere for Husband's job. LL has deposit...

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If the lease says you can terminate if not delivered on April 1, then send landlord notice of termination. Try to work it out with landlord.

Q: The apartment complex where I live raised my rent 75.00 six months after I signed my yearly lease, are they allowed to?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 2, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If you signed a one-year lease with the rent amount set for the full year, with no mention of automatic or other increases in rent, then landlord has no legal basis to demand that payment. But if you don't pay, landlord could try to sue or evict you, or make an adverse entry on your credit record. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the lease and communicate with landlord on your behalf.

Q: Can landlord allow new tenants not under contract to move into commercial space I lease without my consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 1, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
There is always legal recourse. But it would never be resolved in court by May 1. It is unlikely you can force landlord to do anything. If any of your property goes missing, you could sue landlord for the value of it. Talk to landlord and the new tenant, and try to work it out.

Q: How do I gike spying charges on my roommate, when it is non traceable thru the internet?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Landlord - Tenant and Sexual Harassment for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 27, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Although I am not admitted to practice law in Ohio, I doubt whether Ohio has any statute that covers this very specific unusual question. If I were you I would try to find some very sophisticated anti-virus software that will protect your laptop against all unwanted intrusion. Other than informing the landlord, I cannot even suggest a possible solution regarding your suspicion that your roommate and his girlfriend "have access to the empty apartment next door."

Q: What notice do i have to give tenant without a lease to leave premises

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 26, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Lease can be terminated at the end of any month with 30 days written notice. If not out by then, then a 3 day notice. There is a specific form for that notice. Check your local court web site for the eviction process. Best to use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to assist you so you do it properly, so you don't have to do it twice.

Q: Can landlord change the due date on m2m agreement at will? In February I received a notice on my door that they hired a

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 25, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If there is no written lease, a month to month tenancy can be terminated by either landlord or tenant by giving 30 days notice in writing. If a tenant does not sign a new lease, landlord could terminate the tenancy.

Q: Can my landlord increase my rent by $50 for my boyfriend living with me? Does not state any increases in the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 19, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Landlord can try to charge you more, and if you don't pay, landlord could sue you or try to evict you. But when you go to court and show the court the lease, the court would likely not agree with landlord. But it could be a hassle going to court. And if your lease is about to expire, landlord can choose not to renew it, so you would have to move or be evicted. If landlord is not fixing electrical problems, send written notice of the problem, and then you could start paying your rent into...

Q: My landlord has promise to fix things on our move in he didnt several things need repair I was not aware ofcan I move

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
You can always move, but the landlord could sue you for rent if you do. The proper process is to give landlord written notice of the problems, then start paying your rent on time into escrow with your local court. Check the court web site for the escrow process.

Q: My landlord raised my rent over 10% with only 12 days notice before my lease renewal. Is this legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If the prior lease did not specify any advance notice for renewal or limits on rent increases, then the landlord can adjust the rent for renewal without any limitation. You can try to negotiate with landlord, but landlord can require the new rent, or require you to move.

Q: My apartment is flooded with sewage, what are my rights and responsibilities ?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 11, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Did you tell landlord about it? If the apartment is not habitable, then you must move out. If landlord won't pay the extra cost of your alternate living accommodations, then you would have to sue landlord to get reimbursement for that and for replacement of any lost property you have to replace. If landlord cannot fix the apartment in a reasonable time, ask for an early lease termination.

Q: Can a land lord not allow you to have visitors after a certain time, or single you out as the only tenant that can't?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 11, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If tenant violates a term of the lease by having friends after 10, then landlord can file an eviction against the tenant. Even if the court does not grant the eviction, an eviction is a permanent court record, and a future landlord can find it in the records, making it difficult for the tenant to rent in the future.

Q: Can my landlord make us pay unpaid rent and keep our things from us when we move out without an eviction notice & lease

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 11, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Landlord can sue you for unpaid rent. Without a proper eviction, if landlord does not allow you to get your things, then you can sue landlord for keeping them.

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