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Peter Stephen Kirner

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  • Can i have my name removed as a rental cosigner?

    I cosigned for a good friend to rent an apartment 5 months ago. At the time of signing the lease i talked in length with the manager to ensure i understood what my responsibilities were as a cosigner. She explained to me i only become liable if th...

    Peter’s Answer

    I highly doubt they will remove you. The Landlord has his hand in your wallet and you are just extra insurance for him. You signed, regardless of what he told you, you signed. A new lease would need to be signed, and the landlord has absolutely no reason to do this. You can ask, but unless the tenants and landlord are both willing to sign a new lease, and have you removed, there is no good reason to do it. You can always ask. Good luck.

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  • Can a landlord charge a tenant $20/month in addition to rent for new carpet?

    Almost three years ago I moved into a townhouse, and when I first walked through the place, I noticed that the carpet was filthy. It was worn out, very dirty, and had a lot of stains. From living in the same neighborhood for years, I knew that at ...

    Peter’s Answer

    Legality is not really the issue. What is at issue is if you are getting what you bargained for. If not, then something needs to be done about it. You should probably stop paying the $20. Not sure how you want to proceed, but the first step would be talking to the land lord. Good luck.

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  • What are my rights regarding an appliance I damaged by accident?

    I dropped a skillet by accident on the glass (electric burners) cook top in the apartment I rent. The estimate that the landlord got says I owe $800 for parts and repair. I offered to buy a new one, but she won't budge saying the lease says "repai...

    Peter’s Answer

    If you are offering to buy a new one, I might just do that. That way, IF you get sued, you can say listen I fixed it and the landlord has not been harmed. This is not strict compliance with the lease, but so what. Imagine you had a lease that say no hanging anything / no holes in walls. But you did it. You then patched and painted. You violated the lease, but so what, it is back to the way it way. Good luck.

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  • How can I collect unpaid rent from a former tenant?

    Tenants owe me $6700 in unpaid rent since Sept 2015. They have moved out just this month and the property is now sold. I do have contact and employment info (tenant is a city police officer). Without ruining someone's future, what can/should I d...

    Peter’s Answer

    This is simply. You need to sue him. Then once you win, and have a judgment you need to garnish his wages. Good luck.

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  • Rent/deposit

    August, 2015, I was in the process of buying a house. The lease on my apartment was ending Sept 5,2015. I requested to go month to month, but I was told it wasn't available, and I was forced to signature lease which included a rent increase, and...

    Peter’s Answer

    There is a lot wrong with this question. One, you cannot be "forced" into signing a lease. You made a choice to do so, you were unhappy about it, but you thought it was the only option. I agree that if your deposit was not returned, you should be entitled to that, however, you may owe additional monies for rent. The bottom line is that you need to review the facts with an attorney. Good luck.

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  • My sister claims that I owe her $5000 for 1/2 of the repairs. I contend that it's all her responsibility.

    My sister and I inherited our mothers condo when she passed on. It's been for sale, but during this period we have rented it out. Collecting security deposit and timely rent. Past rental contracts and real estate contracts have been forwarded to ...

    Peter’s Answer

    Interesting. This is not really a landlord/tenant question, this is more of a probate question. When you inherited the condo from Mom, was it then owned by both of you jointly ? Who authorized the repair work on the condo ? There are a lot of issues here, but more relate to ownership than to the tenant. The tenant is responsible, and needs to be sued. Can you collect against her is a different question. This is a mess, I would consult an attorney in person. Good luck.

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  • Do I have to pay the fee and can they evict me ?

    I rent and have a lease with my landlord in the lease it says that I have a 3 day grace period before I get a late fee ! The third day fell on a Sunday and I mailed the check Monday

    Peter’s Answer

    Yes. You have to pay the fee, and yes they can evict you for non-payment of rent. Will they ? Who knows. Talk to the land lord and see if all is well. Good luck.

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  • Is this legal to make me pay the lease when she gave me the wrong lease

    i moved into an apartment last month then was givin a family cat that we have had for 3 years cause she couldnt take care of it. i looked at my lease it says pets under 20lbs are ok. i was then told by the office to get ride of the cat or move. i ...

    Peter’s Answer

    As both counsel have indicated, these two issues do not really have anything to do with each other. If you move out, then you are bound by the terms of the lease. If you stay, they are bound by the terms of the lease. Meaning, if you move out, you may owe, not the 11 months, but at least until they can re-rent. If you stay, you can keep the cat. Just know that if you keep the cat, they will do everything in their power to try to evict you for some other valid reason. Which means that you need to make 100% sure that you comply with ALL of your lease terms. Good luck.

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  • Do we have to pay for this. Can the complex bypass the law by simply putting this in the lease? What are our rights?

    We live in a multi family apartment dwelling. We recently discovered we had beg bugs. We had 2 treatments. The apartment complex said we have to pay for the treatment. It's time to either sign a new lease or go month to month. In the new lease it...

    Peter’s Answer

    I am not sure that is true. Unless the law has changed, and I am unaware of it, this CAN be charged to the tenant. Now, if you sign a lease that states you are responsible for it, then you may just be responsible for it. I am not sure I would stay in a place with bed bugs. Good luck.

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  • Does a sexual offender have to disclose his status to tenants of his property?

    I've rented from someone for over a year now and have recently found out that he is a registered sexual offender. I have three children and this man has been in my home when only my children (17 yrs, 14 yrs and 10 yrs) were home several times.

    Peter’s Answer

    I agree with counsel. Just because he is a "registered sex offender" does not mean that his is a pedophile. There are different levels of registration I, II, III. Tier I does not require neighbor notification. So, you can review the sheriff's site, and see what info you can gain. Good luck.

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