Joseph Jaap's answer If you and landlord both signed the lease, then it would be a valid contract. Even if you don't move in, you would have the legal obligation to pay rent, unless there is an early termination provision. If not, then you would not be entitled to any return of money from landlord, unless landlord breached the lease and refused to allow you to move in. You could sue in small claims court if you have some legal basis for termination. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney who can...
Joseph Jaap's answer Contact the local building department, which might issue repair orders. Send landlord written notice of the problems, then start paying rent on time each month into escrow with the local court, which will schedule a hearing for landlord to come and explain what is being done to fix the problems. If not enough, the court can terminate your lease so you can move. Check your local court for the rent escrow process. You also could sue the landlord in small claims court for medical bills. Use...
Bruce Martin Broyles' answer Small claims monetary jurisdiction is $6000, but the difficult part will be establishing your damages. You probably have receipts for rental vaccumms or service company to remove water and water damaged items, but how to establish the value of damaged items. The owner of property can provide opinion testimony as to the value but it will be dicficult to determine the value of items stored in your basement
Bruce Martin Broyles' answer Ohio does not provide for self-help provisions in a residential lease. Landlords must provide a 3 day notice; file a complaint for forcible entry and detainer; provide sufficient information at a hearing, and obtain a writ of restitution. Does not sound as though your landlord did these things. You have a claim for wrongful eviction.
Joseph Jaap's answer The context of this situation and your question are unclear. Who is "us?" Who are "they?" Who is trying to collect money from whom, and why? Is this a divorce? Is it a bank foreclosure? Is it small claims? But instead of explaining all that here, you should use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney to review all the facts of the situation with you and advise you.
Joseph Jaap's answer What are the possessions worth? If you dispose of them without an eviction, she could sue you. To be safe, you should go through an eviction process. Check your local court for the forms and procedure. But if the stuff isn't much value, you could text her, take photos, and give her a deadline. She could still sue you, but you would have those to show the court. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney.
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