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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation, but congratulations on getting married.
The laws for withholding rent vary by location. What state do you live in? Also, did you ever renew your one year lease or are you now month to month?
I'm unfortunately not able to call you. I'm happy to give you the information you're looking for through this site, but the best way to do that is to give you the links to codes. I can't do that on the phone.
Ohio law unfortunately doesn't allow a tenant to simply withhold rent due to issues with the property. You're allowed to deposit the rent with the court rather than paying, but only after delivering notices and waiting a reasonable time. What's reasonable depends on the problem, but the statute sets a cap of 30 days. (For things like a broken heater in winter, that would be much reduced.) Ohio Rev. Code, Section 5321.07. If you didn't deposit the rent with the court when you stopped paying, he unfortunately can evict you if you do not pay the amount owed.
You have the ability to sue for a refund of rents paid based on the condition of the premises.
No, he can't. A tenant can avoid eviction by paying at any time before a hearing. He can issue a 30 day notice to vacate after you pay, but that's a general termination of a month to month NOT an eviction (meaning it doesn't go on your rental history or credit).
If he still won't fix things, you can issue another notice, cite the statute (or even include a copy/send him a link) and let him know you'll be either paying rent into the court or terminating the lease.
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That's correct. He cannot evict you if you paid the past due rent.
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I'm afraid I don't see the letter, but you said that it's a pay or quit notice. Since you paid, he cannot evict you.
Again, he CAN serve you with a 30 day notice of termination, but that's not an eviction, it doesn't go on your credit or rental history, and if that happens, you could claim illegal retaliation under Ohio Rev. Code, Section 5321.02. That statute grants you actual damages plus your legal fees.
That's a notice to pay or quit. Since you've paid, he cannot evict you.