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Christopher McHallam

Christopher McHallam’s Answers

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  • I live in an apartment in Lynn, Ma. When I signed the lease we specifically asked the landlord if there was a bug issue....

    The landord claimed that the only issue in the said apartment was roaches, which he exterminated monthly.. We moved into the apartment on April 1st. I woke up on the 2nd with welts. I took care of the welts with Benedryl and treated them as hives....

    Christopher’s Answer

    If there is a provable infestation of insects/rodents/etc, it is within reason to break the lease and seek restitution of rent paid. In order to do so, you must first contact the local board of health and have an inspection, then contact the housing court. I strongly recommend you speak with an attorney who handles landlord tenant matters.

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  • Can i sue a company that went out of business

    i had pics done at a famous portrait studio that went out of business prior to delivery my pictures can i sue them or are they protected by bankruptcy

    Christopher’s Answer

    Going out of business and bankruptcy are two different things. If they have simply closed the business, you may sue them. Whether or not any award you may receive will be collectible is another question, and it bears investigating whether the is any hope of recovery before filing a suit. If, however, the business has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US Bankruptcy court, it is likely futile to bring a suit in state court against the business. I recommend consulting with counsel if your loss is substantial, if it is a few hundred dollars, you may be out of luck.

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  • Those my landlord have the right to go in my apt or in our room when u not home?

    there was no lease on the apt.. he say he have the key to the apt an the room. when i went home i knownst my stuff was move to the other room outside.. and someone went into my room an trash my place, stole my tv ,game, and my kids stuff.. the ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The answer is generally no, your LL cannot enter your apartment without notice and only for certain emergencies and/or to make repairs. Your landlord should not be permitted to enter the apartment without notice and only under limited circumstaces. Your landlord should not move or otherwise touch any of your possessions while you are renting the apartment, it is a serious violation of the law.

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  • Had to move short notice from apartment and couldn't properly clean up the unwanted stuff out, will I be in trouble?

    Had 2 days to move out and low on funds for the move but got most of the things out. Only thing is did not have time to clean out the unwanted stuff and a few furniture pieces. I don't care bout my deposit but just worried I will be in trouble wit...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you were unable to restore the apartment to reasonable, broom cleaned condition, there is not likely to be much difficultly with the landlord. Make sure you turn the keys over to landlord and surrender possession of the apartment. Do the best you can to document your surrender of the apartment and make it clear you did your best to return the apartment in good working order.

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  • Mediation process with a Christian organization, my husband and my employer of 30 years, about the past sexual exploitation.

    I am a native of Japan. When I was 18, a freshman in college, I was sexually exploited by an American missionary. Later I met a very good American man, to whom, I have been married for over 30 years. My husband became a Christian clergy and we hav...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Kremer, mediation can only be done if both parties agree. Moreover, it is not clear what specific dispute would fall within the scope of any mediaiton. In light of the sensitive nature of this matter, I also recommend a less public discussion. In general, however, one should understand what they hope to accomplish (receiving an apology, payment of claim, provision of counseling, etc.) before they engage in mediation. I wish you good luck and recommend you speak to counsel.

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  • Within the past few months my apartment has been broken into twice. What rights do I have?

    The robbery occurred by entering through the basement door, which doesn't lock automatically and is used by all the tenants in the building. The basement leads to the hallways outside my apartment and it is through that door that they burglar ente...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. Notify your LL in writing immediately of the problems and the lack of security. Advise them that if the repairs are not made, you will seek to terminate your lease. You may want to contact an attorney to assist you.

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  • As a landlord of a commercial(non-residential) building, am I allowed to cut the power to a tenant who doesn't pay rent?

    The way it works is the electrical bill is sent to the management office and payed by the owner of the building, and then each tenant is billed depending on the amount the used. So if a tenant does not pay the bill it means the owner loses money. ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. Do not stop any utilities or otherwise engage in self-help. Rather, give notice and evict your tenant for breach of lease relative to payment of utilities and ask for a money judgment to recover your losses.

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  • I lend my my name to boyfriend to buy a car with (i have good credit). We do not live together, Is it legal if I keep the car?

    I need to refinance I have told him I need that debt removed from my credit record. He does nothing. Could I sell the car?

    Christopher’s Answer

    It all depends on whether you have title to the car. If your name is on title, you can keep or sell car. At most, your boyfriend has a claim for the money he contributed to purchase of the car.

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  • Not married,,,,,,just asking

    my ex boyfriend and i are on a lease for a condo that we both rented together. we also traded in both my car and his truck for the car we now own that I am petty much driving myself and children in- which i have been paying for solo since he left...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Kremer, the fundamental question is who's name is on the title to the car and/or any loan that was taken in connection with purchasing the car. You have a claim for any contribution you made to purchase the car if your boyfriend is in fact the titleholder.

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