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Q: I am selling my two-family home. Can I limit how much the buyer can charge in rent for my current tenants?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 15, 2022

Before selling, the owner can draft a lease with the tenants that specifies the rent and the allowable rent increases. The lease could have auto-renewal at tenant's choice. If a lease could last longer than 3 years, the signatures of landlord and tenant must be notarized for the lease to be... Read more »

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Q: On a rental lease when the "tenant" wants to remove allowed house members from the document, how to?

My tenant was dating someone who was listed as a house occupant on the lease along with her sister. Now he wants a clean lease with only his name and no guests. The lease has 5 months before it ends.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 10, 2022

The person listed as a tenant and the landlord must both sign an early lease termination and release to end that person's tenancy and prevent either of them from making any claims. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the situation and advise you.

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Q: My landlord removed my door and is demanding we leave right now without filing an eviction

What can I do.

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Feb 3, 2022

Call the police. He is trespassing and conducting an illegal eviction.

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Q: Who can I report my landlord to for not making major repairs and how do i do a retaliation suit to fight eviction?

Landlord agreed to accept payment plan but then i asked him to make the major repairs (like giving us our own heating unit and fixing the lights and electrical outlets that did not work) he promised to fix months ago. He refused and is not evicting us. I contacted the building inspector who did an... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Feb 1, 2022

If you are current on your rent and have given your landlord notice and a reasonable amount of time to fix the problems, then you can terminate your lease, deposit your rent in escrow with the Court, or ask the Court to reduce the amount of rent you have to pay until the issues are fixed. Since... Read more »

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Q: Landlord inspection during Covid

I am on hud and they do a yearly inspection and now my landlord also wants to do a inspection I have not left my house during this pandemic and have been safe from getting it I am high risk I video chat my dr and I only do grocery pick up is this allowed even tho I already get my home inspected by... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 31, 2022

Ohio law gives landlord a right to inspect a rental property by giving tenant reasonable notice, typically 24 hours. No changes have been made to that for Covid. Have HUD talk to the landlord to try to work it out, or ask landlord to accompany HUD during its inspection. You could arrange to... Read more »

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Q: How can I get someone to move out as quickly as possible?

They don't pay rent, they have no bills in their name. They do have msik that goes to that address in their name

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 14, 2022

You must evict them. Check your local court for the process, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney.

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Q: live with a roommate her boyfriend there 24/7 and is dangerous and careless landlord wont let me off lease what do i do?

He has a warrant out, has gotten her car shot up, hits her. i have a son and i dont feel comfortable living there anymore. I also have been paying all the utility bills which was not our agreement. I have expressed this to my landlord and he still will not let me off the lease what is my next... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 13, 2022

The boyfriend isn't the landlord's problem to solve. Talk to your roommate and tell her the boyfriend can't stay there. If the boyfriend makes threats, call the police, file a report, and seek a protection order that orders him to stay away. The lease obligates you to pay rent... Read more »

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Q: 72 grandmas heat went out at 12pm, landlord refused to look until tomorrow morning overnight temp is 19 any legal ground

My 72 year old grandmas heat went out at 12pm. The landlord said they won’t look at it till the morning. With temperatures falling to 19 and them refusing other accommodations is there legal action besides rent escrow?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 10, 2022

She could stay in a hotel and send the bill to landlord for reimbursement. If not paid, she could sue in small claims court. Court would decide if landlord is liable to pay it.

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Q: Rent/ecsrow

We are current living in my parents camper due to a unknown to us eviction in 2020. My dad wants us to pay rent. Catcher we had to buy a small space heater due to no working heater in camper, we've had to buy plastic for windows, insulation board, weathering straps to put on the door. All the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 5, 2022

If there is no written lease, then it is a month to month tenancy that can be terminated by either landlord or tenant by giving 30 days written notice. If you refuse to pay rent, landlord can terminate the lease and evict you. An eviction filing would make it difficult for you to rent from a... Read more »

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Q: Can I sue my landlord for mental duress?

I have notified our property management, as well as maintenance, that I need at least a few hours notice before someone shows up to my apartment because I have severe PTSD. They have sent maintenance without notice multiple times since, and continue to ignore requests for prior notice. This has... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Dec 31, 2021

Your landlord is required to give advanced notice, usually 24 hours, before sending people absent an emergency. You can refuse to have the contractors come in without this notice.

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Q: is it possible to terminate a lease early if the landlord is neglecting important repairs?

I rented a house in Canton Ohio, signed an 18 month lease in October. we haven't had heat since we moved in, even though the landlord promised to get it up and going. it's now the end of December and we still don't have heat, hot water, or a working stove - an appliance that came... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Dec 27, 2021

Yes, you can terminate the lease. But landlord could sue you. Landlord is required to provide heat and hot water by Ohio law. Contact the Board of Health to have them document the problems, so if the landlord sues, you have that as proof.

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Q: I have no lease with my landlord. He has just told me (in person) that he is raising my rent 100.00 as of next month .

I am on disability. What do I do. He said it's due to increased operating expenses

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Dec 6, 2021

If there is no written lease, then it is a month to month tenancy, and landlord or tenant can terminate it at the end of any month by giving 30 days' written notice. If you don't pay the new rent amount, then he can give you a 30 day notice to terminate the lease. If you don't... Read more »

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Q: If our home lease doesn't end until February of 2022 can we get evicted for not renewing the lease in November

We're not behind on the rent, never has been

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 29, 2021

If the landlord files an eviction, then the judge would determine if the tenant has breached a term of the current lease and an eviction is required. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the current lease and advise you.

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Q: My landlord is attempting to raise my rent because I have a child that is not on the lease. Is that okay?

I am on a month to month lease as of now, and last week my landlord texted my saying that my rent was to be increased due to my adult child. Then today, he texted me again demanding I pay even more on my rent for my minor child and threatened to evict me in two weeks if I do not pay. I do not have... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 29, 2021

If a tenant is on a month to month lease, either tenant or landlord can terminate the lease by giving 30 days notice in writing. Landlord also can give tenant notice that the rent is increasing. If tenant does not pay, then landlord can give the 30 day notice to terminate the lease, and if tenant... Read more »

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Q: Is a lease termination fee enforceable as a penalty if the landlord is able to find a new tenant upon lease termination?

Cincinnati, Ohio- I submitted a notice to vacate 60 days prior to moving out of my apartment. I am breaking my lease prior to the agreed end date of my lease. The lease agreement contains a clause stating early termination of lease will result in a fee equal to two months rent. Is this enforceable... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 22, 2021

If you don't pay, and then landlord sues, the court would determine if it is enforceable or not. But landlord might not sue, and instead might make an adverse entry on your credit report for non-payment, lowering your credit score and making it difficult to rent from a landlord who checks... Read more »

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Q: what do I do if my landlord refuse to pay for roach extermination

I moved in in april paid a 700 deposit had to clean the apartment myself found cockroaches have been asking for professional exterminator since landlord says he wont pay for professional but will buy paste to put on the walls but I have a small child and the paste is not safe he also called all... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 11, 2021

Call the local health dept. which might send out an inspector to order landlord to do more. Also check your local court web site for the process to start paying your rent on time each month into escrow with the court. The court will then have the landlord come in to explain what is being done to... Read more »

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Q: Can we end the lease if we don’t have the washer that was promised to us? We have been living here a month waiting

If we end our lease can we get the deposit back or do we have to keep paying full rent even though we don’t have what was promised to us?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 8, 2021

If you try to end the lease, the landlord could sue you for breach of the lease and file an eviction. Not having the washer probably would not be a valid defense, but it could be. If landlord files an eviction against you, it is a permanent public record that can make it difficult to rent from a... Read more »

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Q: can my landlord terminate lease stating he sold home if he has not? only to move other Tenants in?

I was giving a letter stating he was terminating the lease because he sold the home and the new owners wanted to live in the property. However he did not sell the home and plans to move new tenants in.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 4, 2021

Selling a home does not give the owner or new owner a basis to terminate existing lease rights. Any current written lease will continue in full force until the expiration date stated in the written lease. A tenant would not have to leave, and the owner has no right to force tenant out, until the... Read more »

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Q: What can I do if my property manager wont replace my moldy AC unit?

The AC unit is included in the rental, but not mentioned specifically in the lease. I notified my property manger on Sept. 28th that the window AC unit had mold behind the vents. I asked for it to be replaced and after a little back and forth they said they had to order a new unit and it would be... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Oct 28, 2021

You'll have to work it out with the property manager. AC won't be needed for months. With all the supply chain disruption, AC equipment might be hard to find until spring.

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Q: After I move out during an eviction, with no scheduled court date, do I need to pay the remaining rent balance?

I’ve recently been evicted and I have no known court date. I am 18 and have no idea what I am doing or what’s going to happen. I have a place to live but I need to know if I’ll need to pay my remaining rent due which I was evicted for not paying rent. The balance is a lot and there’s really... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Oct 25, 2021

If you don't pay the rent that you owe, the landlord might decide to sue you for it. Usually that claim for money is filed along with an eviction lawsuit. So you might get a notice of a future court hearing on how much you owe. Or the landlord might not bother to pursue that unpaid rent, if... Read more »

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