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Can I enter a rental property without giving notice if I'm afraid a tenant may be hurt?

Most leases have a provision allowing a landlord to make entry without notice in an emergency, but the better course of action, as noted in a comment by @BlueDogRanch, is to call the police and ask ...
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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls

This law sounds likely to be unconstitutional and/or invalid because it is pre-empted by state or federal laws. Among other things it probably violates the First Amendment right to petition the ...
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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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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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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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Firearm provision in lease agreement

Clauses (a) and (c) are potentially relevant. You have to look in the Rules & Regulations to see what exceptions are permitted. Although firearms and especially shotgun shells are of a "dangerous, ...
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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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Who owns the washing machine?

The house Owner owns the washing machine. Paying the deductible on Owner's warranty has nothing to do with (changing of) the ownership of it. Effectively, the tenant has incurred expenses just for ...
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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 a real estate agent refuse to show a rental property (apartment) in NYC if I don't provide my eligibility information?

Yes Businesses (and consumers) can choose who to do business with and what information they ask for and disclose and when they do that. If you’re uncomfortable with how they do business, don’t deal ...
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Can a landowner charge a dead person for renting property in the U.S.?

A person's contractual rights and obligations remain valid past their death, so if the landlord dies, their heirs cannot then kick out the tenant, and likewise if the tenant dies, their estate still ...
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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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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 landowner charge a dead person for renting property in the U.S.?

Yes. Your grandmother's estate is responsible for the rent. In fact, your grandmother's estate is entitled to continue renting the apartment for a reasonable amount of time as is needed to wrap up ...
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Can I be liable for vandalism if I have posted a political sign on the property?

The only avenue for tenant liability would be if the tenant is responsible for the damage. The courts have not assigned responsibility for damage resulting from other people's disagreement with a ...
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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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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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What does it mean if your apartment is in two cities at once

The location of your residence entrance is irrelevant for the law, what matters most is your "street address", i.e. mailing address. That is the address (therefore city) that you use for voter ...
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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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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls

This problem seems not to be unique, see this article. Ohio is reported to have about 50 of them. Here is a legal paper on crime-free housing ordinances, and this includes nuisance ordinances which ...
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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls

Those who attended reported learning that there are some new laws regarding rental properties [...] they make it easier for us to evict problem tenants whose visitors damage our property These "...
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Can I be liable for vandalism if I have posted a political sign on the property?

You will not be legally liable. You are not responsible for other people's irrational or even violent reactions to your protected speech. If you could be held liable for other people's irrational or ...
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Can a foreigner from non-EU country rent out his/her apartment in Germany?

A non-E.U. person may own real property in Germany and may rent it. Earning rental income from an isolated piece of investment property is not considered being "gainfully employed" for ...
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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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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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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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