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Landlord wants to switch my lease to a "Land contract" to "get back at the city"

A "land contract" is not a way of renting property, it is a way of purchasing property on an installment basis without bank financing. It is Ohio's version of what in some other places is known as "...
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Can a landlord fine me for a non-existent business being listed at my address on Google Maps

The legal position You are quite clearly not running a business and if the matter went to court you could easily prove this be e.g. getting testimony from the people at the party, your testimony etc. ...
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Landlord wants access to CCTV footage after we leave and possibly in realtime while we live there

This article basically says "it depends": If it is genuinely used to improve tenant safety then that is OK, but if it is used to track your private life then that is not acceptable. ...
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Can a landlord fine me for a non-existent business being listed at my address on Google Maps

Can a landlord dictate what I put online? No, unless the lease you signed has a provision to that effect. As for the underlying matter, the landlord has the burden of proof. A fictitious Google ...
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Can I legally refuse entry to a landlord?

In general, a German landlord needs to give at least 24 hours notice before he can enter a home, and allowance from the renter. The renter also has the "Hausrecht", not the landlord. There ...
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Landlord wants to switch my lease to a "Land contract" to "get back at the city"

This is buying a house. If that's not what you mean to do, watch out! Even so, watch out. Honestly, if it hadn't occurred to you until now to buy a house, this isn't for you. If this has piqued ...
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Can a landlord sell their rental income from a tenant to a third party?

The tenant wouldn't be involved in this at all. The tenant rents from the landlord, and the landlord gives them an account number where the tenant sends the money every month. How would the tenant be ...
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Can a landlord sell their rental income from a tenant to a third party?

It is not uncommon for a landlord to instruct tenants to make payments via a lockbox service to an address other than the landlord's business office address. It is also not uncommon for a landlord to ...
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Can a landlord sell their rental income from a tenant to a third party?

Debt factoring is common practice Fees generally range about 1-2% higher than mortgage rates depending on how prevalent bad debts are in the industry. This means I can get what you’re selling for less ...
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Can a landlord ever claim court fee costs from a difficult tenant associated with judicial proceedings related to seeking eviction orders?

Yes: Your landlord can start court action once the date on the section 21 notice has passed. The costs of an eviction can be at least £500. You may have to pay for the costs of the eviction if the ...
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Tenant is asking to repair a built-in closet. It was fine when they moved in

Fair wear and tear Means the normal deterioration of a property from ordinary, everyday use. Exposure to the elements, time, as well as day to day living can cause fair wear and tear. Breakages as a ...
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Is it legal for a landlord to refuse a lease because an Occupant on the application is an undocumented immigrant?

The default rule is that a landlord can refuse to rent to anyone for any reason, in which case the landlord can refuse to rent in this case. There are civil rights laws that limit this discretion in ...
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Can a landlord ask me to see my luggage when moving in?

Once your rental contract starts, your landlord must give you access to the rented flat. If he doesn't do so he is in breach of contract. You could sue him, but that would be a bad start for a longer ...
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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

California has a particular set of regulations addressing coastal land ownership, detailed at https://www.coastal.ca.gov/laws/ In short, everything below the high-tide mark along the coast is public ...
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In "he said"/ "she said" discrepancies, how must a landlord prove timely valid service of eviction notices?

The onus lies on the landlord The landlord is the one asserting a right (to evict), therefore, they bear the onus of proving that they have that right. The court will look at the evidence both parties ...
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What happens when a subtenant becomes the landlord in California?

Just think of the subtenant cum owner as two separate people with two separate roles. Tenant = T Subtenant = ST Old owner = OO New Owner = NO The rights of the tenant vis-avis the new owner will be ...
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Landlord wants access to CCTV footage after we leave and possibly in realtime while we live there

Adding to Paul's answer, you have considerable protections under GDPR here, and there's a host of angles you can use to get your data removed, or have it not collected in the first place. Your ...
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Is fraudulent activity related to renting a residence - Theft by Deception?

As you note, it does appear that this tenant has committed one or more crimes. In Pennsylvania crimes are prosecuted by the state, and you can begin the process by filing a private criminal complaint ...
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Can a landlord demand that a house rented when new be returned to "new" condition?

You have acknowledged that the house was in "new" condition, which establishes a baseline for determining if the present state is normal wear and tear. The lease and California law agree that normal ...
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Is it possible for me to break a lease that is co-signed if my health suffers from staying at the apartment?

Short answer: Yes, you can get out. However, this will be harder than you may want it to be. You will need to check your lease agreement for an arbitration clause. If the lease mentions disagreements ...
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U.S. - "tough love" eviction of child (non-minor, not paying rent)

Before you go changing locks, you might want to hire an attorney. There is law in Ohio that governs "such" relationship, which are typically landlord-tenant relationships, but might not be strictly ...
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How can anyone own land without theft?

There is no "theft" without a law that defines what "property" is and what "theft" is. Laws derive from the state that has the power to enforce them. A state may issue the laws and decrees and ...
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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

Ownership of coastal land is controlled by the California Civil Code, which reserves land below the mean high water mark to the state: Section 670: [670.] Section Six Hundred and Seventy. The ...
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Should I fight City Trash Citation for tenants trash

The one answerable question regards the legality of taking the damages out of the security deposit. Consulting the Ohio landlord-tenant law, the tenant has various obligations including to Dispose ...
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How much control can US landlords have over a tenant's personal behavior in and outside of a dwelling?

A limitation has to be expressed in lease and must not violate laws related to housing discrimination that apply to the place where the leased property is located. There are also other terms of a ...
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End of tenancy and COVID notice period

Can I just not renew their contract and go back to my place in 2 months or do I still need to give them 6 months' notice? Short answer: 6 months' notice Long answer: I'm assuming this is a fixed-term ...
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Could there be legal action against me for non-payment of rent with no written contract?

Your lawyer will advise you whether to worry, but it is not a crime to not pay the rent. The action that the landlord can take is (a) evicting you and (b) suing you for the unpaid rent. Whether a ...
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Who is liable for repairs upon death of landlord?

Your father's probate estate is responsible for the repairs (assuming that your father owned the property outright and not through an entity, in which case the entity would be responsible). To the ...
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Must I allow access to every one of my landlord's representatives

I am assuming in this answer that the lease or rental agreement provides the landlord with a right of access for required maintenance. The question is not clear on that point. If there is a specific ...
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If land I own sinks into the ocean, do I own the corresponding part of the ocean?

In england-and-wales and scotland, no. At common law, with a hefty influence from Roman writers such as Gaius who tackled the topic, gradual changes in a natural boundary are distinguished from others....
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