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I need to relocate out of state for a job and my landlord is

I need to relocate out of state for a job and my landlord is requiring me to payout the entire lease. Are there any provisions within Mn law that would lessen this burden? My Duty office is not in Washington DC, while I do not work for the military it is the federal government.

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I currently am a tenant in North Carolina with my family.

Hello.I currently am a tenant in North Carolina with my family. The house was managed by the management company.About a month ago, this one guy who claimed to be the new owner from the change of ownership came by, and shared his contact information. He bugged us for fixing the broken toilet and showing the house. We contacted the management company, they told me to refuse him the entry, so we did just that.And now, we got an email from the management company that the ownership has been transferred to this guy. Two days later, he called me to tell us that he's going to show the house around. Again. At that point, we were still under the contract. Without much to negotiate the time, we were pretty much forced to show up because the new owner didn't have a key. We have never seen his actual proof of ownership aside from the email from the management company.So after the house showing, he demanded that he needs to fix the A/C tomorrow and he demanded us that we either leave the key in a lockbox or show up again tomorrow. He constantly claims that it is his right to enter our house without our consent and without our presence. We asked him about the security deposit but he said it is still held by the previous management company and didn't give us the clear answer. He is also threatening to sue us if he ends up losing money because we didn't "comply" to his repair.Now, what I want to know is, is it really his right to enter the tenant's house like that as an owner, without our consent, while we still have the contract? What about our own personal life and schedule? Shouldn't he have his own house key if he was the new owner? Was his showing the house when we are still under the contract legal? How about when he didn't have the proper change of ownership? Do I need to hand him the house key while the contract is still in effect? What is happening to our security deposit?

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Can my landowner cost money the normal thing like:

Can my landowner cost money for clean the normal thing like: tear on floor, dirty in the tub, and paint on the cabinet?

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We had a fire and I are apartment building and now I'm the

We had a fire and I are apartment building and now I'm the landlord expects everyone to pay rent and the place has smoke damage and it's I have it as far as breathing and he hasn't even begun to clear away the smoke damage or take up the carpet and he's now saying that the repairs can't be late because the insurance expect everyone to pay the rent first is this usual procedure

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We just moved into an apartment and it reeks of cigarette

We just moved into an apartment and it reeks of cigarette smoke. The apartment complex has acknowledged it and has tried to fix it to no avail. They are willing to move us to another apartment when one opens up in a month. However, they won't pay to help us move or recompense us in any way. Am I right to expect compensation? What are their obligations as Landlords?

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Do I have the right to withhold maintenance in a coop if the

Do I have the right to withhold maintenance in a coop if the building fails to provide a basic service, such as a gas line?

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Tenant dispute re. common utility payments heaters 1 cheap

Tenant dispute re. common utility payments for water heaters 1 cheap gas &1 costly electric for 2 units in same house.All tenants use gas heater for hot water in washing machine & 1 unit's shower, kitchen etc. The other unit has costly electric water heater for shower, kitchen etc. Tenant w/ cheap gas heater only wants to pay that bill & small portion of electric bill for lights etc.& let other tenant pay huge electric bill for her heater. It's happenstance that 1 unit has cheap gas heater & other unit bad luck to have costly electric water heater which were both installed by landlord at different times. Both units were rented without regard to water heaters. We share the water bill divided by the number of people living in the house.Which is fairer to all parties concerned: Does the unit which has the cheap gas heater get to pay less than the unit with the electric heater even though water usage for showers & kitchen are more or less the same? Or should all utility bills gas, electric & water be divided evenly between all parties involved?

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I am looking to hire a new lawyer as the one I current have

I am looking to hire a new lawyer as the one I current have is not aggressive enough. Is there a proper way to fire my current lawyer? In order words, how to I fire my lawyer?

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I always appreciate your answers so here I am again. We

Hi I always appreciate your answers so here I am again. We are in a landlord-tenant dispute. The original tenants moved out before the termination of their lease. They requested their brother move-in, and this was agreed to--they left their security deposit in place for his benefit--we had asked if they wanted this back at the termination of the original lease term, but they didn't want the brother to have to do an application or leave his own sec. deposit, so the implication was, leave the lease in tact for his benefit. But my fiance is an idiot and didn't formalize anything (woof). Anyway, per the lease, when their original term ended, their brother remained in the property and it went month-to-month (with a holdover clause from the original lease). After he moved out, we found significant damage to the property and he skipped out on bills. The original tenant agreed to let the security deposit (still sitting there, it hadn't been returned yet per their instructions) cover the last month's rent he had skipped out on, but this left the damage and other costs on our plate. We are wondering if we can pursue the original tenant (as well as the brother) in court for the property damage. Their argument is that they didn't live there anymore, and that their lease ended -- but when that happened we had a conversation about that and they said to keep the sec. deposit in place, not interview the brother or do a credit check, etc. To me, not signing a new lease agreement or formally ending the original means responsibility didn't transfer, plus they stood behind their brother and he moved in under their tenure, to me they are liable for their brother as sub-landlords if you will to the brother as a sub-tenant, but I want something better than my own opinion. Who would be most likely to be judged responsible? Thank you!!!

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