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My lease states that the tenant shall quit and surrender the

My lease states that the tenant shall quit and surrender the demised premises to the landlord in the same clean condition it was at the beginning of the Term except for normal wear and tear.It also states [the appliances, all are listed] will be returned in a clean and re-rentable condition; ordinary wear and tear accepted. In the event that the Tenant fails to comply herewith, Landlord may at his option complete said work (at a fee of $60 per hour), clean and repair and deduct same from any security deposit held by the Landlord.Please refer to my lease. I have indicated where my argument about cleaning and my fees are located.I have also taken before and after photos of how the house was left and after I cleaned.My question is can I charge tenants for having to clean up after them when my lease specifically states that the house should be returned to me in the same clean condition as it was when they originally took possession? I also told them that I rented them a house not an apartment. Therefore, they are also responsible for keeping the yard clean. They argue that they mowed the lawn on the 7th, within the timeframe stipulated on the lease. My lease does not indicate a time frame. All it says is that the tenant will maintain pruning of the shrubs and cutting the front and back yards to keep them aesthetically appealing.I looked up the Truth in Renting Laws in NJ:Nowhere does it state that I cannot charge for my time to clean up the mess that tenants leave me. Their argument is that as a landlord it is part of my job to clean up after them. I tell all my tenants that my job as a landlord is to give my tenants a clean, safe place to live not to clean up their mess.I am registered as a landlord with the state and must have a township inspector conduct an inspection for me to obtain a certificate of occupancy.I have written the letter and itemized list for charges that I will attach shortly along with my lease.Thanks,Mike

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In Georgia, a tenant rented for 6 years. The last three

In Georgia, a tenant rented for 6 years. The last three years have been under an extension provision called "month-to-month" at a premium additional cost. The tenant chose to pay the premium so that tenant can exit the lease quickly when a home property opportunity becomes available. The tenant intentions were communicated to the leasing office representatives. A home property opportunity became available days before month end requiring tenant to vacate before month end with notice. Vacated tenant paid next month rent but landlord now requests an additional month rent because of the 60 day notice requirement. Resident could not reasonably provide a 60 day notice on the month-to-month rental extension without losing property purchase opportunity in a competitive housing market. The term “month-to-month” is misleading to residents when “conditional” based upon the 60 day notice requirement. Does this condition pose an unreasonable and unfair disadvantage to tenants as future home buyers in a competitive market and is there legal basis for objection?JA: OK. To minimize me, please click the down arrow at the top right corner of this box.Customer: The lease also stipulates that even if the property is rented before the end of the notice period, tenant is not entitled to any benefit. Yet there is a provision for early lease termination in the Georgia statutes that allows for tenant to be obligated only for the rental period (30 days in this case) or period until rented, whichever is lesser. A tenant may not interpret the contract as an attorney would. The contract has the “Georgia Apartment Association” logo on it.JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: The potential contradiction is the use of the word “month-to-month” but the lease extension provision states the lease will be extended on a 60 Day Term basis until 60 day notice is given. The successive 60 day terms will be essentially indefinite until 60 day notice is given. Because of the 60 day notice condition, the “month-to-month” agreement is really a 60 day obligation on a contract that is paid monthly by the tenant. Contract logo – GAA (Georgia Apartment Association) - “Apartment Rental Contract”.JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: The rental impact for an additional month rent is about $1200. Not sure if this is worth the consultation but I would rather pay the attorney than the landlord only if there is reasonable cause for demand.JA: When we are ready I'll take you to the appropriate web page.Customer: OK.

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If you hire a contractor to build a structure and you pay

If you hire a contractor to build a structure and you pay him then he refuses to build the structure or return your money when you cancel, what remedy do you have. It is above the typical small claims court but not enough that most attorneys are interested in taking case?

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We asked our property manager to resign three days ago after

We asked our property manager to resign three days ago after a serious issue related to job duties. Her compensation was a combination of salary plus room (an apartment). There was no written contract. She never signed a lease and has never paid anything to us. We would like her to move out as soon as possible. What is the soonest date that we can have her move out according to Illinois law? Thanks.

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I have been having different kind of issues since the first

I have been having different kind of issues since the first day I moved in to the apartment. I signed the contract on 05/14/16, on 05/18/16 my roof fell and since then I have been having leaks, mold in the ceiling, A/C problems ( reported more than 9 times in less than 3 months) and more. They are not providing a proper place to live. May I break the lease based on all the issues mentioned?

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Landlord/Tenant: What may I do to keep my residence. Case:

Landlord/Tenant: What may I do to keep my residence.Case: CA26968 Closed file date 15dec2015Dec & Final Judgement Entry Filed Dismissing Appeal 06132016Case: 2015CVG 4861 Final Appealable Order 24August2016Refusal to accept complete rent payment, coincident with Eviction ActionsDue to unresolved personal conflicts between Landlord andTenant, offers to pay the full amount of rent due have beenrefused, concurrently a series of eviction actions havebeen initiated. Adversely affecting the Mental (PTSD) andPhysical (Blind) health of Tenant.Mentally: Uncertainty about having a home is aggravatingthe PTSD.Physical: Over use of eyes to read the many documentsoften results in extreme pain.How can these actions be ended, without my becoming Homeless?

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I have been contacting my landlord about a roof leak and

Good Morning,I have been contacting my landlord about a roof leak and mold for the past two months and they have not done anything about it (I've documented it). I am vacating the premises as of Sept. 3, but my lease is up in March. I had a professional inspector come in with a mold detector and it came up positive. Can I legally get out of my lease due to landlord negligence?JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?Customer: IndianaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: Um... I recently took a job in Chicago, but the mold situation has been going on for a lot longer.

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My landlord hit my car and told me if I called the cops,

my landlord hit my car and told me if I called the cops, that they would up my rent is this even legal. I'm protected by my property. they also told me they were not going to fix it.

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I'm not sure if there's anything I can do about my

I'm not sure if there's anything I can do about my situation! I'm 75 yrs old. I was in a 5 yr verbal/emotional relationship. I finally got up the courage to leave because it was affecting my health and I was sick! The only way I could move was to take out a personal loan. I didn't really realize what I was doing at the time and now the cost of the loan is killing me. I can no longer make the pymts and am contemplating bankruptcy. Since my ex was at least partially responsible for my predicament, can I take him to small claims court for at least part of the cost of the loan?JA: What state are you in? And has anything been officially filed?Customer: MN, no nothing yetJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: A bankruptcy lawyerJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: I have other bills, so bankruptcy would be for about $7-8000. My ex has popped back into my life and is trying to control what I do as far as the bankruptcy, but I'm not listening to him.

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