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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: I left my chest freezer and all the meat in it back home and the new owner said it was fine to leave there cause its

Winter so no big deal. Plus I left 2 push mowers. I left the freezer on the porch. However I asked if it’d be in her way that I’d take it to the lean tube shed but she said no it’s ok. So I left it there I moved away couldn’t come back to get it for a few months she texted asked when I’m... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

You had the duty to get the freezer. Covid would not have prevented you from getting the freezer. I don't see a claim. She isn't required to keep the electric running for you forever. But get a few more answers.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can my apt manager keep the pool and playground closed,at the same time increase my rent?

The pool has been open a total of apprx. 2 1/2 mo. Since my 4 children and I moved in April 6th 2019. The pool man comes like clockwork every week to maintain the pool.The playground has been taped off since the beginning of the pandemic. There are no plans of reopening. My rent has gone up 3 xs.... Read more »

Alexander C. Safarian
Alexander C. Safarian answered on May 24, 2021

It depends on what your lease says about the amenities. Typically, amenities are not included in the lease and would have no bearing on your rent. You can ask your landlord about this and see what their position is.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I signed a 2 year lease and fell behind due to Covid, paid in full now. My landlord claims lease is broken and selling

What are my rights?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 24, 2021

An owner can always sell property, even if leased to a tenant. But the buyer must honor the lease for the remainder of the lease term. The lease does not end when the property is sold, and so long as the tenant is not currently in default or does not breach the lease, there is no grounds for an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Does the CDC eviction moratorium apply to land contract forfeiture?
David Soble
David Soble answered on May 23, 2021

No. Land Contracts are not leases and occupants under a land contract are purchasers, not tenants. In either case, during the pandemic, the court dockets have long delays, so if you can work out a settlement with the other party to resolve your issues, it will benefit both sides.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for North Carolina on
Q: Do I have the right to NOT answer the ? if I have had the covid vaccine to my employer?

I agreed to still wear a mask but was told if I don’t answer the assessment questions then I cannot work.

Can they discriminate against me for that?

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel answered on May 22, 2021

You do not have to answer. However, the employer can terminate you for not answering.

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Consumer Law and Contracts for California on
Q: Purchased vehicle sans title, 11/28/20 dealr convince me was coming mail, tags title never came.

Dealer is blaming the DMV for no tags...it's getting an obvious lie. Dealer puts me off his tag title company and him leave me stranded with expired tags and have excuses "it's Covid" and "it's a gov van".

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on May 21, 2021

Seller must, by law, deliver "marketable title." Failure to do so is actionable. Contact the DMV Investigations unit and open an inquiry. Also, seek out a consumer protection attorney for more input.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is New Jersey an “at will” state? Does an employer have any right to mandate the experimental Covid shot?
Lisa I. Fried-Grodin
Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on May 20, 2021

New Jersey is an at-will state, but that does not apply to employees who have a contract with the employer, and it does not permit employers to terminate employees for unlawful reasons, such as retaliation or discrimination. Employers have the right to mandate that employees get the COVID-19... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Health Care Law and Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: I found out the beginning of March that I was going to be unable to renew my lease for too many late payments during/no.

They want me to be moved out by the end of May it's not an addiction it's just a non-renewal do I have rights in anyting that can buy me more time or at least until June 30th. It's already extremely difficult to find a place and everything going on with the pandemic as it is. Also... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on May 20, 2021

Based on rights, you have a right to stay as long as contracted, and Landlord is has the right to do business with whomever he pleases. If he accepts payment for a new month, he must let you stay for that new month. Some landlords will change their plans if you give them an extra month's rent... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Can I get issued a ticket without being pulled over even though I had a cop following me?

So I was driving in Mayfield to go get my shot for covid. I didn't want to be late so I was going a bit faster than I should (confident it was 40 in a 35, maybe 42). There was a officer in a drive facing the road so I slowed down to 36. He pulls out and follows behind me for a few minutes till... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 19, 2021

I think you are overthinking it. He would have pulled you over, if he was going to give you a ticket.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can employers make you get Covid shot? Feeling singled out, belittled, bullied.

My daughter has had Covid, works in Mi and her and another not wanting shot at this time in their life. What are the rights protecting from being forced? Does this medical info (personal) fall under hippa being told by boss that it does not? Can I get fired for not having Covid shot? MI is at will... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on May 19, 2021

You are correct that Michigan is an at-will state. Her employer can mandate that she get the COVID vaccination, unless she has a medical or religious reason for not wanting to do so. If either of those apply to her, you should contact an employment law attorney in your area to discuss her rights... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for New York on
Q: Personal injury case has been in special trial part for a year and a half , it’s just adjourned for so long!

What is the STP part. Is that a settlement part it says special trial part , I thought this part was suppose to go to trial. Can someone explain. Thank you

Charles Edward Green
Charles Edward Green answered on May 19, 2021

STP is the last stop in the court process, and it is from there that cases are sent out for jury selection and trial. As I am sure you are aware, the Covid pandemic shut down the court system for months, and jury trials only very recently began again, and on a very limited basis. Unfortunately for... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Can an employer make you get a covid vaccine for employment consideration? Sounds discriminatory to me.
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on May 18, 2021

Generally, the answer to this question is yes. However, there are two exceptions to this general rule. If you have a religious objection to receiving the vaccine, or if you suffer from a disability that renders you unable to receive the vaccine, you can request an exemption from this requirement as... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Florida on
Q: How do I collect on an agreement to pay for a business?

I sold the business to my partner, he sent me an agreement and signed it that he would pay me over 4 years and stopped making payments. Can I do anything to collect that? I am a 78 years old and really need the money. I haven't done anything since Covid, but now he is back in business and... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on May 18, 2021

First present your own written demand, if you have not already. Specify the terms breached and the amount owed. If you can't work it out, promptly schedule a consultation with an attorney. Beware of the statute of limitations, which for written contracts in Fla., has a limitations period of... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: I am a federal government employee. I am being forced to wear a mask because I will not get the COVID-19 "vaccination"

Wearing the cloth masks required do not prevent the COVID-19 virus from being breathed in. What legal grounds justify I wear something that does not protect me

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 18, 2021

As an employee you must comply with the dress code and uniform requirements of your employer. If the your employer required you to wear foil hats to prevent alien intrusion into your brain, you wear the aluminum hat. That is the nature of the employer-employee relationship. You do not get to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Only eviction notice that we have received was from new owners lawyer that said we had 15 days to vacate, in Oregon.

We have lived on property for 15 years there was a landlord tenant relationship with the previous owners though we did not pay a monthly rental. They sold the property January 1st 2021 the new owner does not want to move in to the home ,but refuses to rent to us. The only eviction notice we got was... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on May 17, 2021

You don't say where you are in Oregon or if you are on a month to month tenancy or a fixed-term lease. You also don't say why there is a landlord-tenant relationship if you are not paying any rent. Regardless, the only way to know anything meaningful is for you to take everything to a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Am I entitled to COVID sick leave pay if I was dr-exempted from work but I quit 2 wks BEFORE the new law came out?

i was off work accordingly to my doctor's exemption note from 1/21/21 - 2/11/21. I went back to work from 2/12/21 until about 3/10/21 which was my last day. The new 2021 covid law came out 3/29/21. Do I still get paid for my sick covid?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 17, 2021

That is unlikely. The new law would have covered you if you had to miss work due to doctor ordered quarantine but because you quit before the law went into effect, you are not going to be eligible. Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Mom is landlord, pay rent with a written contract, wants to kick me out for a random drug test forced to take. Legal?

My mom is my landlord and I have a written contract to live at home with “terms subject to change by mom at any point”. I tried smoking weed a long time ago which she didn’t like. I stopped for the most part except for a week ago at a friends. My mom forced me take a random drug test or she... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on May 17, 2021

If you are no longer a minor, your parents do not have to continue to allow you to reside in their home. However, like any other landlord, there are appropriate legal steps that must be taken before you can be evicted from the property. These legal proceedings generally take many months and as a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: My landlord texted me saying they are putting the house I rent up for sale. I am on HUD

I am on disability. I have anxiety and a son with special needs and don't leave the house due to covid. My landlord wants to list the house on the market and my lease is up AUG 31st. I'm worried about people coming into my home with covid it makes my anxiety worst and also my son with... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on May 16, 2021

The first place to start is your lease agreement. Some leases have provisions that allow landlords access for showings within a certain number of days from the end of the lease. But if your lease does not permit showings or access for this purpose, then you do not need to permit the showings.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security on
Q: I have OA in both knees can I get disability?

The unemployment commission wants me to find a full-time job in order to get my unemployment. I am a medical screener at my present job my hours went down to part-time because of covid-19, They want me to look for full-time employment I recently had a total knee replacement on my right knee and I... Read more »

Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn answered on May 12, 2021

Depending on how much you are currently working and earning you may qualify for disability benefits. There are several things Social Security will consider, including your age and your past work. But if you are earning what they consider to be substantial gainful earnings (even through part-time... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New York on
Q: Can my brother change the locks on me and keep me from being inside our home?

My beloved father passed away in May of 2020 due to COVID and the house he owned was passed down to my two siblings and I. We all have a room full of personal items. We have all signed a document last year making my sister in charge I believe. I can’t quite remember exactly what the document was... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on May 12, 2021

Although your question is limited to the items in your room, the real issue seems to be about control of the property your mother previously owned. If your mother died without a will, her New York real property passes to her heirs, which would be her children if she was not survived by her spouse.... Read more »

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