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Landlord gives 4 months notice to the rental agency which fails to give notice to the tenants

If you were given a non compliant notice, you haven’t been given notice You can stay as long as you like or for 4 months after they give you the correct notice. The landlord’s legal obligation was to ...
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I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

If your friend thinks he can live there for free due to his unique interpretation of contract law, he is mistaken. He'll get evicted if he doesn't pay rent, and likely end up with a judgement against ...
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Landlord gives 4 months notice to the rental agency which fails to give notice to the tenants

Dale M's answer contains an inaccuracy for England and Wales. I haven't checked the rules for NI or Scotland but my guess is that the principle is the same (i.e. that a notice with the wrong expiry ...
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Can my siblings charge me retroactive rent on a house we all own?

No As an owner, you have no obligation to pay rent to other owners. Notwithstanding, even if you were not an owner, rent cannot be levied retrospectively. That is, even if you were someone totally ...
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I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

This situation is exactly why we have the concept of legal tender. Legal tender is a form of payment that must be accepted to settle a debt. Your friend is entitled to insist on paying the rent in ...
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Is it common to cross out part of a contract in USA?

It isn't uncommon to interlineate contract language, or to cross out contract language, with the initials of the parties to the contract. This is normally only done with smaller businesses, however, ...
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Rent contract say that pets are not allowed. Possible repercussions if bringing the pet anyway?

You signed a contract where you agree to not have pets and the landlord agreed to let you live there. If you decide to not follow your end of the deal, the landlord might not either. In simple terms, ...
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I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

He entered into a contract to pay because he liked the payment methods offered He entered into a contract. Full stop. End of story. Therefore he is off the hook for repayment AND doesn't need to ...
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I've left the United States, what happens if I don't pay rent?

When you breach a contract, you can get sued in local court, and if you don't show up to defend yourself, default judgment will be entered against you. Then the aggrieved party will have to collect, ...
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Is it common to cross out part of a contract in USA?

Yes, but note that all parties should sign their initials and date next to the change, so that if it is later disputed no-one can claim the contract was fraudulently modified after signing. For the ...
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In Indiana, can an apartment complex force you to remove social media posts if they pertain to the management?

What First Amendment rights? The First Amendment says: Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; ... By virtue of the Fourteenth Amendment, this restriction ...
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Landlord bait-and-switch regarding having pet

It's hard to imagine a jurisdiction where this would be legal, assuming that the facts are as you present them. Mainly, it comes down to what the lease actually says. If the lease says something that ...
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Can I claim recompense if a government action destroys my house?

In the United States, the government has, multiple times, destroyed homes while trying to catch a fugitive. And the homeowner sometimes makes a claim in federal court that this is an unconstitutional ...
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Can a landlord ask a tenant to sign an addendum to the lease that changes the terms of the first lease?

You are never obligated to sign a contract. You already have a lease agreement in place, which will be enforceable for the agreed-upon duration. The lease can be changed if both parties agree to it, ...
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Rent contract say that pets are not allowed. Possible repercussions if bringing the pet anyway?

The legal repercussion is that you could be evicted for breach of contract. The courts would not order you to give away the cat. What you should do, rather than waiting for this to melt down to a ...
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Waiving my right to not be evicted in a San Francisco lease

The Rent Ordinance para (e) explicitly precludes that possibility: Any waiver by a tenant of rights under this Chapter 37 shall be void as contrary to public policy. If he attempts to enforce ...
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Legal Liabilities as a Landlord if Tenants have committed assault?

The landlord is not free of liability risks. In California, everybody is responsible for injury brought about by lack of ordinary care or skill in management of his or her property or person. This ...
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Why must victims of 'sex-for-rent' arrangements be legally defined as prostitutes to seek justice?

Why must victims be legally defined as prostitutes in order for a prosecution to take place? The arrangement is currently illegal* because it constitutes causing or inciting prostitution for gain or ...
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Renting a vehicle and grand theft auto

united-states In Colorado, the relevant statute states: (1) A person commits theft when he or she knowingly . . . retains, or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization ...
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I don't like the payment methods offered by my landlord. Do I still have to pay rent?

__________ _________ ____________ Therefore, I get the outcome I want. The human brain must think: it can't stop. If you don't believe me, try meditating. The mental process of putting stuff ...
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Stop paying rent if landlord does not provide lease agreement and basic services

I do not have anything official proving that I gave him the 2-months worth deposit What did you do, hand him a wad of cash? Pay by check, and put what it's for on the memo line. You've been there ...
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Are there any Social Security loopholes I can use to justify my inability to pay rent to my parents?

If I said that I wasn't paying, my SSI could be cut If you are telling SSI that you are paying rent so they give you more money, and you aren't paying rent, that's fraud. If you're filling out the ...
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Is there an inherent legal obligation to repay a guarantor?

united-states Does the use of a guarantor give the tenant an automatic legal responsibility to repay them? Yes, unless a contract expressly says otherwise. A guarantor has the right to recover what ...
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Tennants have not been informed that the house has been sold

There's good information at https://www.gov.uk/private-renting-tenancy-agreements/your-landlord-wants-to-end-your-tenancy. There are several types of tenancy with different rules, but in all of ...
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Is this eviction notice legal?

When you tendered three pennies, that should have satisfied the debt as the landlord does not have the right in this situation to insist on payment in a money order in lieu of currency. A money order ...
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UK — Landlord refused to disclose (in contract) that another tenant is mentally ill and has potential for violence. What are my rights?

A tenant has a right to "live in a property that’s safe and in a good state of repair". There are additional regulations possibly applicable in your situation if this is a "house in multiple ...
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paying debt collector's invalid rent claim, then suing landlord for money back

We don't want this issue to adversely affect our credit and got legal consulting which suggested we should pay the debt collector to protect our credit score, and then sue the landlord for the ...
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