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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 controlling prostitution for gain, contrary to section 52 or 53 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, so the victim would then be a prostitute. *At least in the ...


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Yes, but not without notice KS Stat § 58-2557 (2015) 58-2557. Landlord's right to enter; limitations. (a) The landlord shall have the right to enter the dwelling unit at reasonable hours, after reasonable notice to the tenant, in order to ... exhibit the dwelling unit to prospective or actual purchasers, ...


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Presumably the lease contains an automatic renewal provision that says unless you give notice 60 days in advance, you commit to another month (otherwise, you can just leave at the end of the month). The landlord may have made a math error, or they may be misinterpreting what the agreement says. Most likely it says that the duration of the lease is a month, ...


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Is it legal in the US for a company that rents out car parking spaces, to bundle the renting of a parking space to buying insurance for the content of the parked car? Yes. Honestly, I'm a little surprised that I've never see this practice in real life. All things not prohibited are allowed, and there is nothing, per se illegal about bundling services and ...


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Are you in the United States? If so, you're an adult and therefore legally free to move out of your parents' home and to enter into contracts. As a legal matter, you don't really need to do much at all beyond turn 18 to be permitted to sign a lease. There are of course all manner of practical impediments to finding a place to live (perhaps you have ...


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As far as I know, no jurisdiction in the US relieves a person of their contractual lease obligations when they are required by law to leave the country. However, many (perhaps most) states require the landlord to make an effort to re-rent an abandoned unit, which reduces the size of the tenant's liability. Unless the landlord just gives up on the claim for $...


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This would be pointless and wouldn't work. Eviction due to defaulting on rent requires the landlord to give 3 business days notice, in writing. This must include a method by which the tenant can settle their debt. Either the landlord would be forced to accept a payment or this would not be valid. Source Additionally, in this case, there is nothing stopping ...


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the landlord has been living there for a week. Is this allowed? Am I still expected to pay rent if he is living there? Generally speaking, no. But you need to verify that your lease contains no language that overrides certain basic assumption about leases. My understanding is that (1) you delivered the property, and (2) the landlord was not entitled to live ...


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In general, a person who pays for goods and services with cash is not obligated to report the payments to the IRS (thus simplifying your trip to the hardware store, purchases from a vending machine, etc.). There are laws requiring reporting of receipt of cash 31 USC 5313 which applies to banks, which are regulated, but Ordinary Joe is not subject to this law....


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I’m asking if I can sue for lost wages because it’s taking time out of my day No, that would be a frivolous claim. You did not specify how much time and effort the walk takes you on a daily basis, but it is extremely doubtful that you could viably claim lost wages. Suing the landlord for this would put you at high risk of being ordered to pay his attorney ...


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There don't appear to be any Santa Clara-specific laws on the matter, so California law (including this) would govern this situation. A landlord generally has an obligation to maintain the premise in habitable condition (can't stick you with the bill for repairing the water main), and has to fulfill the obligations of the lease (if the lease says that a ...


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renting a single room with three other guys each renting their own rooms means exactly what it says. What you are paying for is that room, plus shared access to the common areas. Without knowing exactly what your lease says, especially with respect to the common areas, it's difficult to give a proper answer. I suspect that the lease for your room says ...


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Sex for rent arrangements are illegal solely because prostitution is illegal, and because economic duress is not a defense to most criminal offenses or civil legal obligations. Otherwise it would be a valid barter transaction. Indeed, in lots of places, it is a valid barter transaction which isn't illegal.


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Here is a document from the city, which says p. 16 that Oakland does not have an Ordinance or Regulation restricting the amount of rent a master tenant charges a subtenant. This assumes that subletting is not prohibited by the lease.


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It depends In general, a written contract is deemed to reflect the agreement that the parties reached and the parol evidence rule prevents the introduction of extrinsic evidence (like your previous emails or, indeed, this question) that contradicts the plain meaning of the contract. The rationale for this rule is that parties adopt and abandon many positions ...


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What to do? @roland is right: contact the local Mieterverein. The Mietervereine are consumers' rights organizations that give legal advise on rental matters to renters. This is usually the cheapest option to get a lawyer who is specialized at rental law. The Mieterverein, btw., may find that the final accounting is wrong - the rules are rather complex (they ...


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If the deposit was a deposit paid by the roommate to the landlord, it isn't intended to cover debts owed by one co-tenant to another, unless there is a provision in the lease that says it is. Who is entitled to the return of the deposit depends on who paid it, and what provisions there are on the subject in the lease. The usual assumption, in the absence of ...


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Do I have any grounds for this, since neighbors are breaking the lease they signed? If so, how do I proceed? You likely do. Your situation resembles the notion of quiet enjoyment. See Midway Park Saver v. Sarco Putty Co., 976 N.E.2d 1063, 1073 (2012): A covenant of quiet enjoyment is implied in all leases and is breached when there is actual or ...


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The rental contract does not have to cover all eventualities, because it is embedded into a larger legal context. In particular, contracts are governed by the BGB. There is also an incredible wealth of precedent for rental matters. A temporary failure to fulfil the contract does not invalidate the contract. Instead, the other party can insist of fulfilment. ...


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there was absolutely nothing in the letter. You could hold it up to the sunlight and see that it was empty. There is no legal reason to do this. Somebody screwed up. Office workers are not infallible. It happens. I've seen government officials with no grudge against my client do it too now and then. Taken together with the spelling errors in your name it ...


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I would imagine this is because there is not a law specifically criminalizing the practice of offering a "sex-for-rent" arrangement in itself; rather, this is/has been normally handled under existing anti-prostitution law (hence the "legally defining as prostitutes"). Prostitution is the exchange of sex for "something of value", ...


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Should I file a small claim lawsuit with help of a lawyer? You did not specify your jurisdiction, but many jurisdictions in the US do not allow parties to be represented by a lawyer in Small Claims Court. This constrains the assistance you can get from some lawyer. Something to bear in mind is the difficulty of quantifying the award to which you would be ...


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Is there any recourse for a renter to avoid the overcharge caused by a clerical error? Probably not. Also, I am skeptical that it is a true clerical error as opposed to a bad policy due to a decision made by the developer who may not have been able to get the city to provide individual taps to each residence. If and when this situation is resolved and the ...


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You have no legal right to a refund/rebate You are only entitled to a refund if there is a total and utter failure of consideration by the supplier - that is, they provided none of what they contracted to supply. They have provided the accommodation so there is no total and utter failure. However, because they did not provide everything that they were ...


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Yes, the lease is binding You were required to get a guarantor and you didn't - that might allow the landlord to terminate the lease but it certainly doesn't allow you to.


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Who is right? So far your description reflects that unfortunately the landlord is right. For it to be otherwise, the clause about sanctions would have to be in terms of cumulative tenancy (i.e., not limited to the duration of the current lease period), which seems very unlikely. Here the distinction between renewal and new lease is immaterial or non-...


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The contract covers costs up to (inclusive) 90/30 € per month. You must pay the costs that are over that amount, just has you would have recieved a refund for the amount that was less than 90/30 € per month.


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