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Q: Hi I was just wondering/want to ask and find out for sure for sure for someone I know.

I wanted to ask and double check and make sure for sure because his landlord is starting to throw him out because he's a little behind on his rent for this month and everything but I was wondering and wanted to make sure if because he's old and he's disabled he's like 60... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 24, 2021

It is good that you are willing to help. A landlord can evict any tenant who is behind on rent, even if only a little behind. Talk to the landlord, and then talk to local senior services agencies or rental agencies that might be able to help the tenant pay rent or find him a new place if he is... Read more »

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Q: Can my mother in law kick her boyfriend out of her apartment?

Mother in law and her boyfriend moved into an over 55 community in Ohio. He is not on the lease and doesn't pay any of the lease payments. He does give her money once a month to help pay for things. She discovered he's been making unauthorized charges on a credit card that he got in... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 23, 2021

If he asserted a legal right to stay, then the manager could file an eviction. Talk to the manager about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How long does a property mgmt company have to fix a broken elevator? It's been 6 weeks.

This is the only elevator in a 5 story building.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

I would suggest reviewing the contract between the Owner of the Building and the property management company to see what the terms of service require. Beyond that, you would need to evaluate the particular circumstances to see if there is good cause for the delay. If not, there may be a breach of... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord change terms of my signed lease?

My lease is up next month and on the signed lease it states “after lease end date, lease will go month-to-month” (vs signing for another full year) “until either party gives 60 day notice to move). My landlord send me a new copy of the lease to sign, where it is a lease for another full year.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 14, 2021

Well, they can’t really get out of the month to month provision but a month to month lease is subject to renegotiation every month so they could say the rent is going up and not renew you unless you agree to the higher rent.

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Q: Can a 30 day notice be given via text message?

We are month to month at our current residence and our landlord gave us a 30 day notice via text message. Does this legally hold up? We are having a very hard time finding any rentals in our area and I was kind of hoping this might buy us a little more time to find something since the landlord is... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 14, 2021

Typically, it must be "in writing," which means on paper given to tenant, posted on the tenant's door, etc. But it depends on what your lease says or what your local court will accept as an effective lease termination notice. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Retaliatory $100 rent increase after inspection. Any recourse?

I complained to my elderly landlady how cold my tiny rental house (mo.-to-mo., no lease) was this winter, and the vents clogged with dust. Nothing was done. So I applied for a low-income energy inspection through an OH state dev. program (COAD). I got approved & an inspection date. I informed... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 13, 2021

With only a month to month lease, there is no guarantee of rent, and no limit on any rent increases, even if they seem retaliatory. A month to month tenancy can be terminated by either landlord or tenant by giving 30 days notice in writing. So try to work it out with landlord after she calms... Read more »

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Q: Can I immediately evict a tenant if they threaten property damage through text? He’s also verbally threatened my fiancé.

He’s been staying with us for awhile, he hasn’t paid rent this month and hasn’t paid bills from the month prior. He also made himself a liability when he constantly gets drunk and plays with his firearms. When confronted, he verbally threatened my fiancé while I was at work and told us he... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 8, 2021

If rent is unpaid, deliver a 3-day notice to vacate, then file an eviction action. If you just change the the locks and throw his things outside, he could sue you for wrongful eviction. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to assist you.

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Q: Landlord won’t renew lease. Lease ends sept 15. I told him I can’t move until oct 15 can I get in trouble if I stay
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 7, 2021

If you don't vacate when the lease expires, then landlord can file an eviction, which is a permanent court record that can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the court records. So try to work it out with landlord to avoid an eviction being filed against you.

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Q: If I haven't paid rent in 2 months and broke my probation then go to my landlord for payment options can he deny me

My land lord is a private land lord

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 3, 2021

Landlords do not have to accept payment of back rent, and can file an eviction. Try to work it out to avoid an eviction being filed, since it is a permanent court record and can make it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks the records.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I have a barn people have been renting for storage and are now 5 months behind on rent. How do I evict them in Ohio?

They have refused to sign a new lease and are on a month to month basis. I notified them Tuesday (8/31/21) that they need to either be current or have all their belongings removed by Friday (9/3/21). Per the lease they have to be current on rent to maintain access to their items.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 2, 2021

If it is a month to month lease, then either party can give 30 days written notice to terminate the lease at the end of a month. The notice must be specific. Proper notice given on 8/31 would terminate the lease on 9/30. If the tenants are not out 10/1, then landlord must give a written 3-day... Read more »

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Q: can a property managment company change the way rent it paid mid lease if it cost me more money?

now have to pay through there app which has a $50 fee. will no longer take checks/moneyorders at the office like they have since i moved in

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 1, 2021

It depends on exactly how the lease says a tenant must pay rent. If it says landlord can designate the method and place of payment, then landlord could require that. Talk to landlord about the extra $50 charge. But if you don't pay rent they way landlord demands, then landlord could file to... Read more »

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Q: ow the heck can anyone live ....Landlord sold my house here i stand what are my rights ? Owner decide on no lease renew
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 26, 2021

A purchaser must honor the lease rights of any tenant when it purchases a house that is leased. The tenant's lease remains in effect, including any renewal rights. But unfortunately for the tenant, if the lease does not give tenant the right to renew the lease, or does not automatically... Read more »

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Q: What do we do when the tenant in duplex beside us is smoking crack meth and its coming thru our walls making us sick??

I am elderly with health issues. I am getting migraines. Rapid heart beat. Nausea. Dizzy lightheaded. I have 3 underage grandbabies here last night and they were exposed to it. Landlord refuses to do anything about it

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 23, 2021

Have you called the police? It is illegal to smoke crack and meth.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My landlord illegally towed my car off the property and over 25 miles, do I have a case

The tow away zone sign on the building lists a different company from the one that towed my vehicle so I couldn't locate my car until the property manager looked into it and found out who towed it and they towed it over 25 miles away from my residence

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 17, 2021

It is a minor misdemeanor to not have proper signage about towing. See this link: https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-4513.601 You could try working it out with landlord to reimburse you. Tell landlord you will talk to police or prosecutor. Or you could sue in small claims court... Read more »

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Q: I own a house and would like sister to move out. What are her rights and mine?

She's been in since I purchased house 17 years ago. I was amenable to it. It is entirely my house, she has no legal claim to it. We have a joint account which we use for household expenses and the mortgage. There has never been a lease or any written agreement of any sort. Not did I ever say... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 16, 2021

With no written lease, she is on a month to month tenancy, which can be terminated at the end of any month by giving 30 days written notice. Notice given in August would terminate the tenancy on September 30. If the tenant is not out by then, owner can give a 3 day written notice to vacate on... Read more »

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Q: How do I sue a landlord after ceiling falls in on me . And it’s not my landlord ?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Aug 9, 2021

The same way you sue anybody else. Any property owner must ensure that the real estate is reasonably safe for those who come onto the property. The specific duty of care required depends on the particulars of the situation. It would essentially be a negligence claim. I recommend you sit down... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Landlord - Tenant, Sexual Harassment and Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a few questions about eviction and sexual harassment in the workplace and my right to get my taxes back from the

I have a few questions about eviction and the right to get my taxes back from the hotel I was residing in. I think it will be a very easy case , and I was residing at the hotel when I was confronted by the general manager for allegedly soliciting, but I was told to be smart and not to have any... Read more »

James J. Hux
James J. Hux answered on Aug 3, 2021

This doesn’t really sound like an easy case and is complicated. Make sure you contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible to discuss this in more detail. Some will offer free initial consultations.

Attorney James J. Hux

Hux Law Firm LLC

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I rent from my parents. Can they move someone else in and tell me either deal with it or leave?

My partner and I have rented from my parents since March. No lease, but an informal list of expectations was sent via facebook messenger. My mother decided that my sister and her boyfriend could move in earlier this momth, and that if I have a problem I could move out. I cannot afford to move out;... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 26, 2021

In short, yes they can. You are free to negotiate a new lease agreement with them taking the change into consideration, but it is their house. If additional issues arise and you are unable to stay there, you can try to argue constructive eviction, but that can be difficult. For a detailed... Read more »

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Q: Can an apartment evict you over late fees?

The rent was paid in full and accepted for July on July 3. However on July 20, my mother received a notice to leave the premises in three days for nonpayment of a $75 late fee. There was never any previous notice about a late fee, and she wasn’t even late, the money was taken out of her account... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 21, 2021

They can try, and possibly succeed. Talk to the landlord and try to work it out, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: My mother wants to kick out my brother who helps take care of her.. she has dementia and alzheimers what can he do

She (my mother) tells everyone that it's his house ...he gives her money when he can hes an artist (tattoo):and covid has put a huge issue as business goes but he does wait on her hand and foot ....can she kick him out with no notice no nothing no eviction papers

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 21, 2021

If the proper eviction process is not followed, then he could sue her for unlawful eviction. It sounds like she needs help. If she is not mentally competent, and she has not executed a power of attorney, then someone might need to apply to become her guardian. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to... Read more »

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