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  • How do I get warrant recalled and my license back?

    6/11/15 order for prob suspension. Warrant issd-prob viol no bond allowed. I'm current on child support now.

    Matthew’s Answer

    First, I assume by, "I'm current on child support now," you mean that you're on probation for violating child support order and being charged with felony non-payment of support? If so, you are now on probation for those charges, and have in some manner violated. Immediately hire criminal counsel. You must have an attorney work with the prosecutor to deal with the new matter of the probation violation.

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  • Since I haven't received any correspondence or acknowledgement and am willing to pay only rent owed, can they do this?

    I am being sued for past due rent, late fees, court costs, and possession. Three months ago I attempted to pay my rent through the property manager's website and my account had been disabled. I contacted them immediately and was initially told th...

    Matthew’s Answer

    It sounds like you have a decent defense. You may want to hire counsel to represent you, but if not, you can certainly try contacting the attorney who filed the suit. It sounds like poor communication possibly caused this - originating with the landlord.

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  • Sorry for bad grammar. If I was arrested in missouri for selling drugs can I do that thing to clear my record

    Sorry for bad grammar. If I was arrested in missouri for selling drugs can I do that thing where I get it cleaned. I was 17 but got 6 years I did do few other things.

    Matthew’s Answer

    There is a statute which allows for expungement of records under certain limited circumstances. It sounds, from the limited information given, that you likely do NOT qualify for such expungement. You may want to contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss it in further detail, but I'd say unlikely...

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  • What document(s) or steps do I send/take a tenant after the date on the Notice to Pay or Quit has been met and no pymt was made?

    I need to evict a tenant from my rental house for non-payment. I already sent them a Notice to Pay or Quit. They are 3 months behind.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Agreed with the other attorneys. Also, just so that you know for the future, in this state there is no requirement to send any "notice to pay or quit" prior to filing the suit. Nor do you (or should you in my opinion) need to wait 3 months. Rent is due on the 1st, late fee charged (according to the lease) on maybe the 5th, and by the 15th send it to your eviction attorney. Several of us on this site are well versed and some of us focus exclusively on a landlord/tenant practice, filing dozens or more each month.

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  • How do I get my paid in full evections to not be listed on CaseNet.com?

    I have a few evections on my record and they are paid and full but are still on case net. When landlords take a look it makes it seem as if there still open and there not,but of corse they dont look threw all the paper work just the first page.

    Matthew’s Answer

    You need to contact your prior landlords, or perhaps even better, the attorneys which handled those cases. In each case, explain that you are paid in full and provide such proof as available. They need to file a "Satisfaction of Judgment" in each case. If folks prove difficult to get compliance, you may want to hire counsel to help with this, and several of the attorneys hire at Avvo are very knowledgeable in this area of Landlord/Tenant law.

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  • What forms do I need to file to get her out of my house legally....like right now?

    I have a tenant that refuses to leave my property. She was on a month to month lease and I informed her in December, then reminded her in January that I would not renew her lease beyond January 31, 2016. I informed her in writing that she needs...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You need to file for eviction ASAP. You can do it on your own, if the property is in your personal name rather than a trust or an LLC, but you will be better served if you hire counsel. Several of the attorneys on this site are excellent in this area. She hasn't paid and - particularly if the case is in St Louis City - you should file a rent & possession, even though her refusal to leave when not renewed is cause for an unlawful detainer. Counsel can advise you specifically on this, but be aware of the law and the local rules before attempting this on your own.

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  • What can I do

    I have a bunch of traffic tickets that I want to get cleared off my driving record then I had this incident where I ran from the police will I get my license suspended

    Matthew’s Answer

    Hire counsel immediately. Several of us here on Avvo are experienced in handling such cases. Depending on who you hire, you may be able to work out a discount on volume. I recommend reading the client reviews of those attorneys you are thinking of using.

    As far as running from the police, that may result in charges that exceed a conventional traffic violation - indeed you may be facing criminal charges. Hire counsel ASAP.

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  • My landlord has cameras inside my unit and they record. Can I refuse to allow them access to recording inside my unit?

    Landlord/Tenant Commercial Lease

    Matthew’s Answer

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    I've never heard of such a thing. If I were you, I'd put a sock over each one of them. Heck no you can't surveil your tenants!

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  • Does my landlord have rights to my space? Can I change my locks so they don't have a key?

    Commercial lease

    Matthew’s Answer

    In most leases, commercial as well as residential, tenants are specifically forbidden and prohibited from changes locks without (a) the permission of the landlord and (b) of course providing landlord with a copy. NO, you may not prohibit your landlord access, but you may prohibit unreasonable access (such as demands of landlord to allow inspection during your busiest business hours or at 2am when you are home sleeping, etc.)

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  • Does our LL bear any responsibility for our personal damages since she lied about it flooding?

    Prior to leasing our LL stated "no knowledge" of prior flooding in the basement of the single family home, despite the obvious foot high water line on one of the walls. Skip forward to 2 months later & after record breaking rains, and a saturated...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that you can get compensation from the landlord for your losses. Landlords are usually very clear (in my experience) in telling tenants that the basement is not good to store valuables, since ALL basements can leak. Further, you should have had renters insurance, though whether that would have covered is unknown - maybe not. Basements are below ground, and can leak. Torrential downpours can flood both the basement directly as well as the sewer which in this area is usually shared with stormwater removal.

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