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Hi yes. I'm looking for guidance and advice regarding our tenant that just moved in. we live in New Franklin Ohio.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: Ohio
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: no issues regarding that... the lease simply states there are to be no more than the 3 people to occupy the rental. guests staying in the rental for more than 2 consecutive days, or a total of over 7 days in anyt 6 month period is considered a resident If done so without the written consent of owner shall be considered a breach of this agreement. Only the following individuals and/or animals, AND NO OTHERS shall occuy the subject residence for more than 7 days total unless the express written consent of owner obtain in advance.... i mentioned this 2 her once before and once after she moved in on 10/1/16. i have pics and documents for proof, she has had her mom spending the night and her niece and a couple bf about 20 times already. she sent a text that her lawyer said to move immediatly becayse theres too many stipulations . the terms sayt 6 months lease and if she moves b4 has to pay rent due until such time that the residence is occupied by an owner approved paying resident or expiration of said time period, whichever is shorter. .............. sorry about the book
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: i think that's it. i just want to know if we have a leg to stand on by getting our money and if we have to pay her security back. thanks

Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

If she simply breaks the lease agreement, then under the law you may deduct from her deposit for any cleaning or repairs or for unpaid rent as of that date. Additionally, if there is any security deposit money left after the first deductions, you may hold that as well until you get the place re-rented out. You may then take lost rents from the time she moves out to the time you re-rent the place from the deposit. At that time, if there is any money left from the deposit you will have to return it to the tenant.

You will need to rent the unit out as soon as you can and then you can sue her for any lost rents that occurred up to the time that the new tenant takes over the rental---or the end of the 6-month lease---whichever occurs first.

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