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John Robert Sauter

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  • I have a question, I am a renter and have lived in the same house for 13 almost 14 years, in this time i've had the same carpet

    I have a question, I am a renter and have lived in the same house for 13 almost 14 years, in this time i've had the same carpet and tiles and paint!! Isn't the landlord supposed to come in and repaint and do the carpet every so many years? He has ...

    John’s Answer

    While landlords to have to abide by applicable health, building and safety codes and keep the apartment in a "fit and habitable condition," there is no Ohio law that makes a landlord replace carpet or repaint walls.

    If you think you're paying too much in rent, explain this to your landlord. Ask him/her to replace carpet and repaint walls. If your landlord refuses, move out.

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  • I have complained to rental manager about the dogs barking for hours An nothing has been done what can i do

    I have contacted them by phone on 3 occasions An went to the office today an complained i was assured it would be taken care of. Tonight the dog has barked over 3hrs. Is it fair to ask apt complex to pay electric bill r/t having to run the air al...

    John’s Answer

    There are several ways in which an apartment tenant can deal with barking dogs. First and foremost, have a conversation with the person who owns the dogs. Explain to them your frustration and ask that they ensure their dogs do not continue to bark. If that fails, place your landlord on notice. Explain to them, in writing, them problem and ask that your landlord speak to your fellow tenant about the problem. At the same time, don't hesitate to call your local police department on their non-emergency number about the noise the dogs are making. Dog barking can violate your local noise ordinance. At the very least, your calls to the police department will create a record you can show to your landlord. If you have a responsive landlord, he or she will ask the tenant to leave or take steps to evict the tenant. If you landlord does not take steps to evict or otherwise remove the tenant, consider telling your landlord, in writing, your desire to place your rental payment in escrow until the issue is taken care of. Finally, if this still does not stop the barking, you can file a civil action against the fellow tenant and your landlord for nuisance. At this point, you ought to consider moving out as well, as a civil action can add additional weeks or months.

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  • Can i sue a former employer for wrongful termination when i was terminated for lack of job performance when i was not trained?

    I was terminated for lack of job performance, but i was never properly trained for the job

    John’s Answer

    The other attorney's answer is on target: in Ohio, subject to some limited exceptions, an at-will employee can be fired for good cause (you stole something), bad cause (your boss doesn't like your hair color), or no cause at all. Just because they didn't train you properly doesn't mean your termination was wrongful.

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  • Can I /should I sue a clothing company from severe allergic reaction to wearing a blouse purchased from them.

    I wore a blouse to work that had a tie below the waist.I wore it in an indoor airconditioned office.Next day rash on neck and started developing wherever the shirt touched my skin, bought allergy medicine & cream.3rd day went on vacation hoping it...

    John’s Answer

    Can you sue? Sure. Should you sue is the more important question. First, start by documenting your healing process with plenty of records and photos. Keep the store receipt. Save the shirt. Document your expenses (out-of-pocket and anything covered by health insurance).

    Next, when you have recovered, consider your damages. How much did you spent on medical treatment? Keep in mind that filing a lawsuit can be time-consuming and expensive.

    Finally, consult with a personal injury attorney in your area to discuss your claim.

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  • I was on a month to month lease preparing to move. Gave my notice to leave by the end of June. landlord claimed never gave ..

    My lease was one month at a time. Manager of the park told me to give her the notice. All utilities were shut off at the home mid June. New lease else where was signed starting July and allowed to move in Mid June as well. Now I received a bil...

    John’s Answer

    Your statement highlights the important of sending notices via certified mail with a signature requirement, so that you have a verifiable paper trail in the event the other party claims you didn't give notice.
    When did you give notice? A 30 day notice is typically required in these situations.

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  • What can I do about code violations?

    For over a year I have been waiting for the landlord to fix minor leaks holes in the floor by the bath tub and etc.. nothing had been done.. at the beginning of July I notified her via text messages that I had found bed bugs in the home and yet on...

    John’s Answer

    Inform your landlord that you will place your rent into escrow until the problems are remedied. A word of caution re: bedbugs - Ohio landlord/tenant law does not specifically address bedbugs and therefore your landlord may take the position that you are responsible to paying for eradication and treatment. As always, check your lease agreement to see if minor holes, repairs, and infestation are contemplated.

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  • Unlike Small Claim Court, which required people to state how much money they are suing for, what court for those want justice?

    Small Claim people must state the value they lost or damage, and much they want... But in other court, do people must state what they want for remedy from plaintiff...in case of slip and fall, and other issues related to personal civil matter, for...

    John’s Answer

    Based on how you've phrased your question, I'd highly advise you to at least consult with, if not retain an experienced attorney to discuss your claim before you proceed. You don't file a motion to sue someone for libel (or slander - these are different and it's important to know the difference), you file a complaint. Which court you file the complaint in depends on the amount of the damages you're asserting. If you don't have any damages, you're wasting your time and money.

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  • In Ohio a joint acct for a jewelry store, finace broke off engagement and he wants me to pay for ring now. What do I do?

    Fiance and I got a joint acct at Helzberg Diamonds for my ring, he just broke off the engagement and refuses to make payments. We did a joint acct to help build up his credit and now he refuses to pay because "he is done". I have the ring but can'...

    John’s Answer

    Sell it. Pay as much as possible on the account. Hope they don't come after you for a deficiency. Take him to court (most Ohio small claims courts have a $3,000 limit) for his portion - or all. Hope you get some money from him.

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  • NOTICE OF APPEAL~ TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE:(

    My Fiance just pled out to 7 yrs on charges that he wasn't guilty of due to strong arm tactics etc. To make a long story short his counsel was insufficient & he will have no problem prooving that. He had 3 SEPARATE cases and the prosecutor sentenc...

    John’s Answer

    A successful ineffective assistance of counsel appeal is incredibly hard to prove. The fact that you believe your boyfriend, who is now sitting in jail, will be able to prove ineffective assistance without any problem (without an attorney!) indicates to me that both you and he do not realize what an incredibly difficult proposition it is that you're proposing.

    Advance appellate advocacy is hard. It's not something that is even taught in law school. It's not something you're going to learn on avvo.com. It's not something done without an attorney while sitting in jail.

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  • IN A FEDERAL SUE MOVING FOR SUMMARY JUDGEMENT OR DISCOVERY

    Material facts, if you believe your case demonstrates you may win and your complaints are backed by case law would it be well advised to move to request discovery immediately or summary judgment.

    John’s Answer

    It would be advisable to hire an attorney to represent you - merely asking the question in the manner in which you did indicates to me that you're in waaay over your head.

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