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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 When the moratorium was extended she rescinded that notice.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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Per MD Code Real Prop § 8-203.1 can a landlord refuse tenant to be present during move out inspection due to Coronavirus

To be more specific, the property manager will not allow me, the tenant, to be present during the move-out walk-through inspection due to covid. Thank you

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Jun 22, 2021

Just seeking a bit of clarification here:

Are you asking if the Landlord can choose not to come or asking if the Landlord can refuse to allow the Tenant to be present?

For the former, you could allow an agent to take the place of the Landlord to conduct the walkthrough. For the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Feb. 2020 moved into apartment complex owner “westside lakeshore LLC” covid happened. Covid paper work submitted.

Pr county website he has seen, No order/ judgement taken. I received notice of termination of month to month tenancy. On June 4th it Says rental of property has to be surrendered by 6/30/2021. This paper is not from a lawyer, court or service processor? Is this legal.

They... Read more »

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

You are a month to month tenant, which means that the LL can terminate your lease with 15 days notice. You are not being evicted, so Covid has nothing to do with it. A landlord's notice that your tenancy is not being extended another month is not a document that comes via the court system. Its... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Hi. Thank you In advance! Can I be evicted currently?

Landlord states I’m past due and owe 3200. last payment was 3000$ with stimulus money. I have three minor children, one of whom is diagnosed with a disability and receives SSD. Is the moratorium still valid on non payment due to COVID-19 hardship? I am SE EMPL, receive unemployment, have applied... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 17, 2021

No, I don't believe the moratorium is still in effect. Basically, having already given you notice, what the landlord needs to do is file a complaint with the court and schedule a hearing. At or before that hearing, you must deposit the past due rent and other charges with the court. If you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Do I have any case against my roommate or leasing company?

I moved into a nice, upscale apartment in Florida a few months back. I came home one day and my roommate had emptied his storage unit into the living room. It was so absurd you couldn't even walk through all the stuff. I told him this was unacceptable to which he replied, "They cant evict... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 17, 2021

It is not clear what you want to sue them for; your roommate has too much furniture and he installed cameras which you took down already. I don't see how the furniture or the camera would be grounds for a lawsuit, but if the leasing company "offered to let [you] out of the lease if [you]... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I'm in Corvallis, OR. Can a LL charge lease break fees with SB 282 in place? The bill doesn't say much about it.
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jun 15, 2021

Of course - any/all of the Covid moratorium rental restrictions apply to landlords either terminating a tenant's tenancy due to failure to pay rent or without cause. Neither apply to early termination fees - these are imposed only when a tenant elects to terminate their lease early. If they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Hey so I’m renting a house and just had a new born today came home and had a letter saying there showing the house

Hey so I’m renting a house and just had a new born today came home and had a letter saying there showing the house Ever since I called the city/ county for her to make repairs of a septic and oil tank leaking they took matter in there own hands and email her for the septic charging her and the... Read more »

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

A landlord has the right to sell the rental dwelling if they wish but they still have to provide at least 24 hours advance notice of their intent to enter to show the dwelling. You do not have to allow any specific showing but are not free to ban all showings. You can require that those that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Can I be evicted if I provided a hardship declaration during covid
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Jun 11, 2021

If you filed a Hardship Declaration, you can’t be evicted before the moratorium is over unless you are engaging in offensive or dangerous conduct. However, you remain fully liable for all rents due, even during the moratorium. The landlord will be able to commence legal proceedings to evict you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My lease is up on June 19th and the new rental can not guarantee it will be ready until June 30th. What are my rights?

I have left several messages with our current property manager but have yet to hear back from them. We have been legal tenants for just over 2 years with no issues. The landlord offered us a lease renewal, but we elected to decline and turned in a 60 day notice as is required in our lease. The... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 10, 2021

Your landlord would have to evict you, yes. But you don’t want an eviction just especially before you’re set to sign a new lease. After all, the new landlord may decide not to rent to you. So yes you have the legal right to get evicted, which would take longer than the two weeks, but that’s... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: How can I be evicted during corona virus?

We got behind on our bills and was living in a Habitat for humanity home for right at 5 years. We managed to get caught up and it was a huge relief all that the attorney told us was to make sure to pay on time from now on. And me thinking all was well I quit worrying about it next thing I knew was... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 9, 2021

Only Detainer Warrants that involved real property subject to Government Guaranteed Deeds of Trust were prohibited for the past year. It appears you were a month to month renter.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Manager @ CA Regional RV Park covered up an employee Cov-19 OUTBREAK. Endangering 200+ residents. This can’t be legal!

Manager hosted internal company party while gov. ordinances, i.e. “no social gatherings” were in full effect. Masks not enforced. 9 employees contracted Covid-19 at this party.

Facility falsely reported only ONE Covid positive case.

Employees were laid-off for a month to... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 9, 2021

more info needed.

you can always petition or sue for anything.......whether you can get a lawyer to take the case on a contingency AND collect anything is another story.

i would think contacting the owner of the establishment would make the most sense.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I rent out a room in my house in central OR. Are there covid restrictions to evicting a tenant that is not working out?

I am in Deschutes Co. There are personality and lifestyle issues that make it uncomfortable in my home (nothing illegal though).

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jun 7, 2021

Yes, there are special legislative restrictions on terminating tenancies at least until July 1st. Even thereafter, you can only terminate a tenancy either for cause or without cause - and if without cause, it must still be for a permitted reason. The financial penalties to a landlord who makes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I qualify for low income housing, I’m trying to break my lease.

My apartment manager says with my 30 days notice, I have to pay in full before I move out to break my lease. My name on the waiting list have been for a year and a half, I’m a single mom. I asked if I could make payments because I don’t have the money to pay all that in full, and pay my new... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jun 5, 2021

Your manager is correct about you being obligated to move out once you give written notice - he does not have to let you change your mind about either the date or if you are going to leave. He is wrong however about you having to pay any penalty before being able to leave. Make no mistake - you... Read more »

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