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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Contract law

On July 20, 2020 I signed a contract for windows for my home (around $7,000). On 9/10 I got an e-mail telling me the windows would be ready 10/29. It is now 2/26/21 and they tell me they will install on 3/29. On 2/11/21 I sent them an e-mail stating that as a commission salesperson the bottom... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 26, 2021

A lawyer would have to review the actual contract terms to determine if you have a right to cancel, whether their delay was a breach of contract or if the virus lockdown excuses the delay, or whether they failed to comply with all the required consumer protection notices and right of cancellation... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: My husband is our only source of income and has lost his job due to covid. We have made arrangements to live with family

But the buyout fee is several thousand dollars and they won’t accept multiple payments... if we could afford that, we wouldn’t be moving… Is there no such thing as a hardship action for Ohio?? Is there any kind of legal help because of the current pandemic with so many people losing their jobs?

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Dec 3, 2020

I am assuming that you are currently in a lease or rental agreement. If an eviction action is filed for non-payment (as you are probably leaving regardless), then you can request a stay based upon COVID and the CARES Act. The CDC now requires you to file an affidavit that you have attempted to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Iij am asking for an elderly friend. His land lord is terminating his lease.. but the tenant does not want this..

He has lived here over 20 years. I know the land lord is terminating this lease because he cant raise the rent to what he gets from new tenants.. he also has wants to make renovations on this apartment. Wich I understand. But does my friend have to be homeless because of the landlords needs

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 24, 2020

If the tenant's lease is not expiring, landlord cannot make him leave until the end of the lease term. But if the tenant's lease is expiring, then unless the lease gives tenant an automatic renewal or a right to renew, landlord is not under any obligation to renew or extend the lease... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: it Is legal for a public university to randomly require students to test for Covid and deny access to their class if not

Students will be randomly selected throughout the semester, 100 at a time. Students with no symptoms, no contact tracing, perfectly random. If they choose not to be tested they will be made to “ quarantine “until they comply. They will not be allowed to attend their classes. This is only for... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 5, 2020

That’s a rather strange scheme. There’s little precedent on a lot of these issues. General, common sense health precautions are likely to be upheld in court. But this does seem wrongheaded. For one thing, with limited testing resources, it makes sense to focus on those with symptoms or probable... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Do I have to allow inspectors into my apartment during COVID19 if they are from a highly infested area?

I am a disabled 65-yr old with multiple health issues that make my chance of surviving COVID highly unlikely, living in a county with 135 cases of COVID. Inspectors from Columbus, which has the highest number of cases and deaths in Ohio, are planning to walk through my apartment. Am I required by... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 15, 2020

Landlord is allowed by law to inspect after giving reasonable notice. But if you refuse entry, there is not much landlord can do about it. Landlord could call the police, but are unlikely to force you to let landlord enter. If landlord tries to force his way in, call the police. If you refuse... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: On March 28th our landlord locked us out of our restaurant because of non payment of March rent. We were already closed

because of Covid. Now we are trying to pay the rent (March -current) but he would not accept it today. He said that he wanted us to now pay a deposit for our utilities and he wants to go through the building and make a detailed inventory list before we can get back in and open. We are in Oak Harbor... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 15, 2020

It depends on the terms of the written lease. Commercial leases typically allow landlords to seize the premises if tenant defaults, lock tenant out, and sell tenant's equipment and property to pay rent and any damages. Landlord does not have to accept late rent, and can terminate the lease... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: how do i get my name off a joint loan with ex husband

my name is on a joint loan with ex husband. how do i get my name off. he's ruining my credit by not paying. divorce decree stated he is solely responsible for repayment.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 29, 2020

You can talk to the lender, but lender likely will not agree to take you off. So the loan would have to be refinanced. If ex won't refinance or pay, then file with the court to have ex held in contempt. Talk to your divorce attorney, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I resigned my lease in December last year, I now have barely any hours due to the virus. What are my options?

I just want to move out but my lease says I will owe remainder of the lease? Do I have a leg to stand on here?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 12, 2020

You'll have to try to work it out with landlord. If you leave, landlord can sue you for rent and make an adverse entry on your credit report. Court activity is suspended in Ohio, so if you stop paying rent, landlord can also file an eviction, but it won't be resolved until after court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Would a lay-off due to the corona virus void my apprenticeship contract with my current employer.

I am in an apprenticeship program with a company that pays for my schooling. I signed the contract as a way to secure a job for 6 years. Now three years later management has become very toxic and it is just not a company that i want to work for anymore. The problem is if i were to leave the company... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 26, 2020

It all depends on the exact terms in the contract and all the other circumstances of the layoff and the current virus orders. The legal impact of layoffs because of the virus are unknown, and the courts will have to sort that out over the coming months and possibly years. Your company should... Read more »

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