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Q: In the State of Ohio are you able to sue a tenant that is self-employed for unpaid rent?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Jan 13, 2023

Yes, you can sue any tenant for unpaid rent. What they do for a living is not relevant from a legal standpoint though it may be highly relevant to whether or not you can expect to get a judgment paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: my landlord refuses to fix broken windows. there is mold growing in the house. holes sliver leading directly outside

sewage leaking out of toilet. and i fell through a hole and hit my hand/wrist and it’s bruised and swollen plus my leg is bruised from where i fell through the hole. we didn’t have heat and got covid due to the cold which was below freezing. and wild animals were freely entering our house. what... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 12, 2023

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. I can only speak for the personal injury aspects of your question. I'm sorry about your injuries. You could reach out to attorneys to try to arrange a free consultation to discuss whether you have a viable... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: I live in Ohio my property manager is trying to make me pay utilities that my lease says are covered by the landlord.

Is she allowed to do that when my lease clearly states “this is a utility y by the landlord”. My lease isn’t up until 4/30/23. Shes saying that there is new management and that she gave us a 30 day notice so we have to pay. Is this correct? I thought my lease was a binding agreement that... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 30, 2022

Some property managers act improperly. They sometimes demand that tenants make a payment not required by the lease. If you don't pay it, she could file to evict you. You could then take your lease to court, and if your lease does not require you to pay it, the judge could dismiss the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can my abusive boyfriend evict me due to breaking up. He has harrassed me and followed me into the bathroom
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 28, 2022

If you do not have a written lease, then he can evict you. An eviction is a permanent public court record that can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the records, and most do. So avoid having an eviction filed.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: We live in an OH duplex that is being sold. We have no lease. After year one they go M2M. Do we have any rights to stay?

The other tennant is new and has a lease until July of 2023. If the new owner wants to live in one half are we the one's that will be forced out? Our 13 year old is in special classes in this school district as well as counseling. It took a whole year to set up these badly needed services.... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 22, 2022

Without a written lease, a tenant is in a risky position. A month-to-month tenancy can be terminated by either tenant or landlord at the end of any rental period (typically the end of the month) by giving at least 30 days notice in writing to the other. If landlord gives notice, and tenant does... Read more »

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Q: I have a mental health illness and I want to break my lease less than 24 hours of moving in. Am I able to do so?

I took the keys on Friday November 11th around 3:30 pm and by Saturday the 12th at 11:00 am I told the property manager I wanted out of my lease. I signed a 12 month lease, and the place gives me severe anxiety to be in the unit, I haven’t moved all my belongings in yet, and I have 2 cats... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 15, 2022

A tenant can try to negotiate a lease termination with the landlord, but the landlord doesn't have to agree. The tenant wouldn't have a good basis for termination, unless a court finds tenant was not mentally competent to sign a lease. A tenant is not required to move in, but if tenant... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord be sued if a tenant has a pit bull dog and it bites someone.
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Nov 6, 2022

Yes, if the landlord was negligent and knowingly allowed a dog with a vicious propensity to remain on the premises.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How do I evict my 18 year old child

He doesn't go to school or pay bills.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Oct 28, 2022

You give notice to terminate his tenancy, and if he doesn't leave, you proceed with an eviction. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to do the eviction.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My landlord hasn't had major repairs fixed and its been a month causing my bills to triple in price, and its unsafe

I have an old front door, and 3 of the glass panels broke and there's also a half inch gap in my door and its frame. She even sent me text message stating those panels have been cracked for years why did they break all of a sudden. Its causing my bills to increase and its getting colder and... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Deposit your rent with your local municipal court and seek an order compelling the landlord to make repairs. DO NOT STOP PAYING RENT, just pay it to the court instead.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord terminate a month to month lease immediately after receiving backrent from the Ohio cares act?

Cares act covered ally paid rent until October. I was just notified of this and I'm being kicked out now. Unethical?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Either party can terminate a month-to-month lease for any reason (except for racial/religious discrimination) upon giving proper notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord who's a lawyer represent themself in court against their tenant
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 24, 2022

Anyone can represent themself in court. Where landlords get in trouble is that it is unlawful for a person who is not a lawyer to represent anyone else including a corporate entity. So, if a non-lawyer landlord has created an LLC to manage the property, he or she cannot represent the LLC because... Read more »

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Q: What does material non- compliance in ohio lease agreement section 27 mean
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 13, 2022

It depends on what section 27 of your specific lease says. But they are alleging that the section requires you to take some action, e.g., paying the rent, or not to take some action, e.g., subletting, and that you have failed to comply. Look at your lease. What does Section 27 say?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I'm living in a house that was recently sold and I'm wondering what my rights are

My parents sold the house and now there are new owners and I don't know when I have to be out and don't know any rights I have

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Oct 10, 2022

If you had a written lease with your parents, the new owner must honor that. If there was no lease, then you are a month to month tenant, and the new owner can offer you a new lease, or terminate your occupancy by giving you 30 days' written notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I live in a apartment and our landlord texted me today saying everyone is 5,6,7,8 have to vacate is that legal

We all have a month to month lease and she wants to raise rent again starting November 1st after she already raised it once and then kick us out before the beginning of the year.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 29, 2022

A month to month tenancy can be terminated by either landlord or tenant by giving 30 days' written notice. If a tenant does not leave, then landlord can file an eviction. If a landlord sends notice of a rent increase, and tenant does not agree, then tenant or landlord can give the 30 days... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How to monetize Small Claims judgement against landlord who violates multiple landlord tenant laws?

In addition to swindling all my deposit, my ex-landlord violated at least 5 of my rights, yet I can't sue him for these because I can't prove any monetary loss in Small Claims Court, according to the Court Clerk. So what's the point of these laws? I AM suing for deposit theft as I... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 26, 2022

You can only win what you lost unless there’s a reason for punishing the other side. If the other side is wrong in fact but not morally, you can only get compensation. Think about a car accident. It would be unfair not to compensate someone for wrecking their car. It would also be unfair to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can I withhold rent from my landlord for failure to repair plumbing problems?

Kitchen plumbing has leaked and been clogged up since my move in date and landlord refuses to repair the problem.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 26, 2022

If a tenant withholds rent, the landlord can file an eviction. Try to work it out with the landlord to get repairs. If that doesn't work, then after giving written notice to landlord of the problem, you can start paying rent on time each month into escrow with your local court. Check the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: The property was sold under land contract. I have lived here 11 years verbal agreement that I stay but now buyer renig .

Contract written in the state of Ohio, land is in Kentucky now the buyer wants me to vacate the premises but the seller said I could stay with the buyer sitting right there with them verbal agreement. Who has legal authority to affect me the buyer or the seller ? thank you

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq
answered on Sep 23, 2022

It seems you cannot enforce the verbal agreement.

Here are 3 reasons:

1) There was no consideration for the verbal agreement. In other words, you were promised the right to stay, but you did not say if you gave anything in return, which is also known as "consideration" or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Removing abusive adult son from home legally?

BIL is systematically attempting to remove MIL from her home and keep it. Claims that there is verbal agreement and refusing to leave, threatening suites. How to get him out.

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq
answered on Sep 10, 2022

She should hire an attorney, go to court and file for an eviction. However, she must follow the legal procedures regarding notice, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hello. I am wondering if I can appeal a civil judgement in Ohio. The plaintiff is our previous landlord.

She won a 15k judgment based on nothing but lies. We have to pay 10k just for floors and walls to be painted when they look EXACTLY like they did when we moved in. We didn’t have pictures in court but now we do (we dug through our camera rolls and found tons) we moved in and the floors were awful... Read more »

Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Sep 2, 2022

First, I am not an Ohio lawyer. That being said, an appeal is always an option. Check the court rules about when you must note an appeal, and the next steps after that. It seems from your story that you might have an appeal issue.

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