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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My landlord makes noise plays loud music smokes weed. Can i sue her for all rent my mom is ill and need peace and quiet?

Before moving to the apartment she told us no noise and she wants people who don't smoke drink loud parties etc. She also wants us to hang out with her and her family we said " no besides its covid19." We moved in because we desperately needed an apartment. Two weeks in she started... Read more »

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Feb 25, 2021

Maybe. It would be better to have an attorney write a letter providing notice and withholding rent while you save. You have use and occupancy, so it will be hard to claw back any serious money. Definitely consult an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Have college student who lived in out-sourced apts (not enough on campus dorms). In Jan/Feb 2020 was asked if planning

to stay in 2020-2021 school yr for same cost. Covid then hit. The apts had a lot of students to become ill. Student advised apts was leaving in May to avoid becoming ill since campus was shut down. Feb 2021 recd ltr from apts stating owed from Sept through present. Does student have to pay after... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 25, 2021

It depends upon the notice provisions in the original lease (rental agreement), specifically how long of a notice of non-renewal the student/tenant must give. And, of course, this is assuming that the January/February and May notices by the tenant were in writing.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Excuse my ignorance. If courts are not open, how can one evict commercial tenant after they ignore 30days notice

For a nonpaying commercial month to month tenant of a small office condo. Thanks

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 14, 2021

Courts are open, and are handling cases, many by remote video hearings over zoom on the internet or through participation by telephone. Some courts still have in-person hearings. There are no COVID eviction protections for commercial leases.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: I was locked out of my warehouses with no eviction notice or court order how can I get my machines back

I was given the company to see if I could build it and none of these people honored the covid rules

Octavio Velarde
Octavio Velarde answered on Feb 11, 2021

Depending on what your lease agreement says and damages are, I would file a suit in court and ask for immediate injunctive relief. I would probably also seek punitive damages. California has strict prohibitions on landlord self-help remedies. I would contact a landlord–tenant lawyer immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Indiana on
Q: Can landlord sell the home after I have been renting for 19.5 yrs, lease isn't up and new people r sueing and evicting

Us what can we ask our lawyer to due, I don't believe paying for move and deposit, is enough after us loosing our home after 19.5 yrs, and during this pandemic and winter

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Feb 10, 2021

Your landlord would not be prevented from selling the property to another owner. However, whether the new owners are justified in filing an eviction against you would depend on if you have violated a term of the lease or one of the tenant obligations called for under Indiana law.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can my landlord force me to have showings and open houses during the pandemic?

I rent a single home in Florida and the owner's realtor is having showings and I feel it's a safety risk to my health having 60 people coming to the house. I have a compromised health issue and I fear getting sick and in 1 day the realtor allowed 60 people to walk around the house. Is... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 8, 2021

While I can see why you are concerned, as far as I have heard or read about, none of the provisions in the federal government's PPP or stimulus legislation provides tenants any protection from this unique situation. However, since it appears that your landlord is trying hard to sell the house... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Have small Maryland office condo with nonpaying month to month tenant. We have been paying condo fee & property tax.

The tenant has means & finances but just using Covid to his advantage. How can we evict 3/31 or can we at least convert to triple net to free ourselves of recurring expenses? Can’t afford the $2500 retainer or the hourly rates. Thanks!

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 6, 2021

If this is a commercial lease--not a residential--then give 30 days written notice to vacate (it's month-to-month), or whatever longer period is required by the lease, and when they fail to vacate you file for eviction based on tenant holding over beyond the term of the lease, or immediately... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: My tenant has taken in two adults during COVID without notice or authorization from me.

The rental agreement was for her and her two young children. She is also only paying 25% of rent. What can l do?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Feb 6, 2021

It would seem that she is in breach of the lease re: occupancy. You can give her a 3 day notice to correct or quit, and a 60 day notice to quit, depending on the Covid restrictions in your area. You need to discuss with a local tenant rights attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: May I serve a tenant with a 90 day vacate notification during COVID-19? He has paid his rent timely.

Is a notice to vacate the same as eviction?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Feb 6, 2021

A notice to vacate is an eviction. There are limits as to evicting tenants during Covid, these vary by city/county. You should discuss this with a Real Property or an Eviction specialist in your local area.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Who can I contact because my rent was raised more then 10% during the pandemic?

I am retired and have a disability; have lived in my current apartment for 31 years. During the pandemic, my rent was raised more then 10% of my then current rent; I was not on a lease. If I did not accept the lease, I would have had to pay $935.00 month to month. Their reason was, that they are... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 5, 2021

There is no restriction on raising rent when a lease expires. The moratorium on evictions only applies to non-payment of rent. It does not affect the amount of rent charged.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: My landlord sold the house I’m living in. He gave me a “notice to quit” of 60 days. Is that legal during the pandemic?

I am still in the process of trying to find somewhere for my family to move to but it isn’t easy trying to find somewhere to rent right now. Can a landlord who sold the property give you a notice to quit and still kick you out after 60 days right now?

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Feb 4, 2021

Do did not indicate if you had a written lease. If there is a written lease, the terms of the lease control. If no written lease, the Landlord must conform to NJ statutes concerning eviction. The Landlord can not resort to self help. He must follow the procedures set out in detail in the statutes.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Is it legal to deny inspection to an equity group/ brokerage firm if it puts me at risk for Covid-19?

My landlord has seen my apartment and says it looks great, In my lease agreement which is month to month, he's allowed me to reside in an apartment I am remodeling in exchange for 1/2 rent. I am not working due to an injury and also have preexisting medical conditions that place me as high... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Feb 4, 2021

Ultimately it would be up to a Judge. That said, you have no right to deny entry to a landlord or their agent on a blanket basis. You do have a right to require all those who enter to wear a mask and be gloved, and to maintain at least 6' social distancing. With those restrictions in place,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: If I sell a property to my son for $1 to kick out a squatting, non-paying tenant, will this work?

I have a tenant in NJ who will NOT pay rent and knows he can get away with it for the time being due to covid.

Since his lease is month to month, am I able to sell the house to my son, and have the police forcefully remove him after a 2 week notice? I understand there MUST be a reasonable... Read more »

Derek John Soltis
Derek John Soltis answered on Feb 3, 2021

No. That doesn't work. You still have to go to court. Your son could evict once he owns the property saying that he owns it and wants to live in an apartment. This is not a compelling argument for most judges at this time.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: about dismissal on eviction notice?

My landlord dismissed the case and is harssaing me about someone coming over her on feb 3 to put me out, cane she do that?

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Feb 2, 2021

A little more information is necessary. But, if (1) your landlord provided the notice to quit, for whatever reason, and (2) waited the requisite number of days, and (3) then filed suit against you for eviction, but then (4) voluntarily dismissed the case against you. Then it sounds to me as if,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I pay lot rent and own the title to my trailer she raised the Rent on Jan11-21

She raised the rent from 396 to 764 can she kick me out come February

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Jan 30, 2021

If you own a mobile home and rent a lot in a mobile home park you are not in a traditional landlord/tenant relationship, rather you are a mobile home park tenant and special rules apply to you. Some of the special rules provide for circumstances permitting eviction such as "just cause".... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: My landlord died and I was gave Certified letter stating they will not be renewing my lease do to his realtor selling

The property I have been living paying my rent for 8 yrs. and they want me out by Jan.31,2021 I was gave the letter back in June of 2020 but it been so hard to find a place do to the pandemic is they breaking the law somewhere cause no one haven’t came and seen the home to buy anything

Barbara Billiot Stage
Barbara Billiot Stage answered on Jan 29, 2021

The property may be tied up in probate or the personal representative of the estate may be waiting for you to vacate to fix the property up to sell, but that does not mean you cannot be evicted once the lease expires. If an eviction action is filed against you, you will have a trouble finding any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can I use my security deposit towards my last months rent during the pandemic?

I need to move due to my rent being increased by 53%.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 28, 2021

First, this could be an unlawful rent increase. Check the civil code, I believe that your LL cannot raise the rent more than 10-15% per year, and they have to give you proper notice. Check Civil Code around section 1941. Next, about your security deposit, no, you cannot legally use this for last... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can a landlord serve a 90 day no cause eviction during the moratorium?

I've lived in my rental for over a year and half and we pay our rent every month on time. This month we received a no cause 90 day move out notice by email. They said in the email they want to put the house up for sale a month before our lease is over. They also want us to have our house in... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jan 27, 2021

You cannot ban the landlord from ever entering your rental. You can deny any specific entry so long as you do not do so unreasonably. You can require basic PPP be worn by all visitors - masks, gloves, at least 6' away. The landlord cannot require you to keep your rental in "show"... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Products Liability, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I bought a place, rented it for a few months, lease is up, she is late but won't go. I need to move in my place

I bought a place but was renting and couldn't get out of my lease so rented for a few months with a lease. I had her lease end when my lease is up so i could move into the place i bought.

She won't leave and is always late with rent, What can i do? I have no where to live as... Read more »

Elizabeth Crego
Elizabeth Crego answered on Jan 27, 2021

I think there are some details that need to be considered before determining what you can do. You said your lease is up, but it's unclear as to whether the lease for the property you own is up. If it is not, you will have to wait until the end of the lease period unless she fails to pay rent... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can my father legally lock us out our home?

My dad changed the code to get into the house because he wants us to leave.

We’re both fully employed and are working towards moving, but need time to get out.

We never signed any legal lease/rental agreement or any other legal document detailing rent or leasing.

We do... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 26, 2021

Self help by a Landlord to cause an eviction of tenants is not permissible in NJ. In order to evict a tenant. a Landlord must follow the requirements specifically set forth in New Jersey statutes. To evict a tenant , the Landlord must file a complaint in court.

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