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I am sorry to say that I do not have good news here.
1) Any contract that lasts longer than a year must be in writing
- see Ohio Revised Code 1335.05. As such, this would be treated as a new lease, and since verbal, month to month
. This means also the landlord can set new stipulations.
2) Honestly, one is very much at the mercy of the landlord here because the original agreement with the prior owner was VERBAL, meaning that under Ohio Revised Code 1335.05, it is really not enforceable and it would be hard to make it "stick" in court.
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