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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: We are renting a house in Medford. Is our landlord required to mask before entering. We have at risk people. Thank you

Any law to point to or information that helps would be great. We are fine with them entering to inspect but we want to be safe.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Oct 15, 2021

I know of no law that requires a landlord to wear a mask while entering your home. That said, you absolutely have a right to require him and all with him to do so as a condition of entry during Covid times. I do not believe any Judge would consider that to be unreasonable and as Ms. Goodman... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can A landlord evict before lease is up, and refuse to cooperate with Rent relief?

I have a valid lease ending May 2022 in Virginia

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Sep 28, 2021

Generally in Virginia, when a tenant has not paid rent on the date it is due (you admitted you are behind in the rent) the landlord has the right to file an Unlawful Detainer and ask the Court to award (by Court Order) the Landlord possession of the premises and then for the right of the Landlord... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Forcing tenants out of their home (during moratorium) so house can be sold, but then not following through with sale.

Scenario: In Oregon, in 2020 during the moratorium. A landlord made their tenant move out of their home. Because the landlord planned on selling this rental to new occupants. After the tenant is forced out of the house, the landlord infact does not sell the house. But instead rents it out to... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Sep 10, 2021

It all depends upon the exact timing, nature of notice's provided, whether the tenant left voluntarily or was evicted by the court, etc. 2020 contained many alterations of normal landlord-tenant law due to Covid and many changes were temporary, changing one or more times during the calendar... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: After 5 yrs, our landlord told us we have a month to move out bc he is putting house for sale. Do we have any rights ?

We've always paid our rent even during covid. Is there any rights we have to get at least another month? We have 5 kids and 2 of us. It's hard finding a place now that is 3bd and not ridiculously expensive in such a limited time frame.

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Aug 30, 2021

The answer is, unfortunately, not really. Landlord's have the right to give notice to a tenant at the end of a lease term. It sounds like you were on a month-to-month lease (correct me if I'm wrong as it would change the case entirely).

However, it's not like they can just...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Can I sell my property in Harford Co MD when my tenants rent is paid by a rental assistance program during COVID?

My tenants rent is paid in entirety by Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP). Our lease is month to month, and states 60 days notice must be given. The lease is between my tenant & I, and does not involve BRHP. I just want to make sure there are no extra COVID laws I need to abide... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Aug 27, 2021

You can always sell the property subject to an existing lease and the new owner must honor the lease terms and any other agreements you made with BRHP. If you want to terminate the tenant's lease and and sell the property without tenants in possession or subject to the terms of any lease or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: What are our rights here? 90 notice.

Our landlord originally said that he wanted to sell the property and when we refused to have any people come in for showings due to having small children and covid-19 he decided to contact his attorney, which sent us a 90-day notice and a check for 1650.(equal to one month's rent) saying that... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Aug 26, 2021

Substantial repairs requiring a tenant to vacate is a permitted reason for a landlord to issue a 90 day no cause termination of tenancy notice. Assuming the Notice contained the required information and was lawfully served, it likely is valid and likely enforceable. IF you move out and the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Need to evict my rental tenant so my ill in-laws can move into the house, renter will not leave. Need advice

I have a rental home in Washington County, Oregon. He's rented on a month to month lease since 9/9/19. About 5 months ago I gave him a heads up that my in-laws may move back to Oregon and they may need to move into the house and he'd have to leave. I sent him a 60 day notice on May 15th... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Aug 25, 2021

Trying to do this yourself without an attorney is fraught with peril. You have already made several serious errors. Notices have to be either 30 days if they have been there less than a year or 90 days with a permitted reason. ALL landlord-tenant written notices being mailed MUST be mailed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: Landlord..If the rental lease expire aug 31 and no rent has been paid in 3 mos can I make the tenant leave

Even doing pandemic….there’s no contract/lease for September

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 25, 2021

You need to give them 7 days' notice that you will not be renewing their lease and they need to vacate as of August 31. If they are not out as of August 1, you can try pursuing summary ejectment, but check the second box on form AOC-CVM-201 which says "The lease period ended on the above... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: My tenants lease expired last year in Virginia, so now month to month. I wish to sell the house and have given her a 45

Day vacate notice so I can renovate to eventually sell. Is this legal with current COVID guidelines?

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Aug 21, 2021

Selling is not a basis to evict, but the expiration of the lease is a valid basis to evict in VA. If you decide to hire a lawyer to assist with the eviction, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Our landlord just told us he will not renew due to wanting to sell we can find another rental due to the high demand

People are moving here so when we apply for homes there’s already several apps on one home can we qualify under cdc extension

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Aug 17, 2021

No. Your landlord is never required to renew your lease, and doesn't need a reason to not renew. Consequently, your tenancy will end at the end of the lease, and you must leave. A non-renewal is not an eviction, so Covid rules are completely irrelevant.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: So, from what I've read, the tenant has no legal right to contest an 'eviction' notice regardless of nature.

I currently rent through an LLC, have been in this home for 10+ years. Spoke with the property manager who claims I was not on a yearly lease and that my month to month was no longer going to be honored. Please bear in mind I did know I was on a month to month. I am not behind on rent even through... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Aug 14, 2021

A landlord can terminate a month-to month tenancy with 15 days notice (the notice must be a valid written notice delivered according to the requirements of the Lease or statute). Termination of a tenancy is not an eviction, so none of the COVID rules, regulations or pronouncements from on high have... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Landlord is not renewing the lease because she wants to offer to new tenants. Is this ok during Covid?

Our lease is up at the end of August. Over the past 3 months we have been paying the rent a little later in the month because I lost my job due to Covid and have not received my unemployment benefits. We are never more than a month behind in rent. We have 3 school aged children and the landlord... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Aug 8, 2021

In Virginia, there is currently no prohibition for a landlord offering a residential rental property to a different tenant at the end of the lease term. The current prohibition is for an eviction of the current tenant.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: We have rented almost 3 years. In September of 2020 lease changed month to month. Today we got 60 day notice to vacate

Landlord gave us a no cause eviction June of 2020 the day after we paid rent and late fee. When the moratorium was extended she rescinded that notice. A couple weeks ago she mailed us a notice of Rent increase effective Sept 1 but didn't give it to us until end of June, so definitely not 90... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jul 21, 2021

Your landlord's actions appear to be highly suspect but more exact details are needed to know much. Charging a late fee in June 2020 may or may not have been legal (it became unlawful to charge late fees during Covid but I don't recall the effective date off the top of my head). Any... Read more »

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: I live in a non smoking apartment complex. Cigarette smoke in my apartment.

This has been going on since the beginning of this year. Landlord said they could not evict anyone because of covid-19. Second hand smoke is considered a health hazard. I had found that the Landlord can evict someone because of a health issue. How can I have my Landlord to honor there non smoking... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Jul 19, 2021

It has been extremely difficult for landlords to move landlord/tenant cases forward during the Covid-19 pandemic. For tenants that have filed Hardship Declarations, proceedings are stayed through August 31, 2021, except in very limited cases of extreme nuisance. Not to suggest that the health... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Should I not pay my partial rent as LL failed to fix bathroom ceiling leak problem??

I am a decent tenant paying rent each month and following lease. I live in NJ. I got bathroom ceiling leak problem since 1 month. LL says this is due to tenant living upstairs using extra hose and not keeping bathroom floor dry enough. LL says they tried to request him to remove attachment as... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jul 15, 2021

Open an escrow checking account. Pay into that account an amount equal to the withheld rent on a timely basis. In form the LL that you will release the escrow to him once the necessary repairs are performed. Be sure that the amount of rent withheld is reasonable considering the work to be done.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: Can my landlord legally sue me?

I was unable to reach my landlord and it was day 33 of having emergent safety concerns submitted to maintenance. (Window fell out of wall, breaker was sparking/blowing, floor caved in, no smoke detectors/sprinklers/extinguishers, and they building failed building and code inspection) I sent my 60... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 13, 2021

Yes you can be sued. Be prepared to testify that you did not cause damages and possession has been returned. Expect a continuance and you may want to hire an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I live in Virginia and I want to evict someone from my house. They have no lease agreement and do not pay rent.
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jul 9, 2021

Arguably, no notice is required if there was never a tenancy created, but to be safe, you could give a 30 day notice and then if they don't leave, you could file with the court. The eviction process is a bit complicated due to covid, so if you decide to hire a lawyer, I'm sure anyone who... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: How do I go about evicting a tenant that has not paid rent in 2 months
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jun 30, 2021

You have to provide notice and then give them a chance to cure by paying. If they don't and if they don't apply for rental assistance then you can file with the court. I'd strongly encourage you to hire a lawyer to assist with the eviction process because it has been more difficult... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: please see below

I have a house in NJ and a squatter living in there. I tried getting the squatter out but could not because of Covid laws. I sued in civil court and won a judgement of $14000 against the squatter.

When the court clerk called the squatter to make sure she got the court summons she told the... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 25, 2021

The first thing that you should do is proceed to enforce collection of the judgment. The procedure involves utilizing the services of a Court Officer. You may wish to begin by either doing the necessary paper work yourself, retain a credit adjustment company, or retain the services of an attorney.... Read more »

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