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  • How to deal with this kind of greedy landlord who is not reasonable at all? What are my options?

    I am staying in apartment for one year. Just before the renewal of the lease - the management got changed - everybody is new. Previous management proposed 9% increase in rent. I was negotiating it with the management but with the new management we...

    Steven’s Answer

    The landlord may be a jerk, but it sounds like he is within his rights. The way out is 30 days notice. Stop doing oral communications with him: they do not hold up in court.

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  • What can I do? I was facing an eviction but paid the total amount before date of eviction.

    Went to court for an eviction notice and was explained to by the manager of apartment building that if the amount was paid at the latest by when they came to change the locks we would be able to stay. The amount plus court fees was paid in full be...

    Steven’s Answer

    You might very well win against the landlord on this issue, but for $185, it is not cost effective to fight him.

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  • When does a contract default or a breach start in IL?

    Its come to my attention that I may be in breach of a contract from over ten years ago. If it is what I think it is, I'd rather pay for an attorney to get me out of it, but I don't have a steady income and need help with this. There has been no ot...

    Steven’s Answer

    The statute of limitations for breach of a written contract is 6 years.

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  • Civil judgement regarding bankruptcy question

    I am in the process of suing a old landlord. The landlord has hired an attorney and has requested a move from small claims court to civil court. The landlord is counter suing for lawyer fee costs. I plan on filing to drop the suit tomorrow. If...

    Steven’s Answer

    Probably, unless they involve fraud or intentional tort.

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  • Response to a response

    Phx Az, How long do I have or do I have to respond to a response. ....ok...I was sanction for not producing a doc that I didn't have and the judge said to motion to lift it and I did. It was responded to and now Im not sure if Im suppose to respon...

    Steven’s Answer

    If you were served by mail, you have ten days to reply.

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  • What kind of lawyer do I need?

    I have been accused by my mother, of taking money from her. She contacted her lawyer and sent me a letter, i have ten days to respond and return the money or I will have a lawsuit filed against me. I cant seem to find a lawyer who will help me in ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Do you owe her the money? If not, talk with her. Money is only a symptom of deeper problems.

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  • Can the owner of rental property kick out the leasee because a neighbor said we called Animal Control on their dogs?

    We lease a house from the owner of the property. We have a nosey neighbor behind us who onws 3 barking dogs. We've never called on them but he called the owner on our boxer tied up on our patio. Our dog had a 7' cable n has water. He's a service d...

    Steven’s Answer

    Start by looking at the lease. even if there is a provision supporting the landlord's position, you could probably fight it based on what you've told us. Sounds like the owner is a afraid of the neighbor (with good reason) and shifting the onus to you. It also sounds like you have a problem because the guy next door isn't even slowed down by the police. Next time something happens, call the police and ask for the officers that came out last time.

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  • What does it mean: to hold someone harmless

    Regarding my divorce, what does it mean to hold someone harmless with debts/ property? Please explain. We kept both separate: our debts and our income/ propterty no property etc.. does that mean that he cannot make me responsible for paying any ...

    Steven’s Answer

    If you take one of the credit cards in the divorce and you are subsequently sued in connection with that card, your mate will not be held liable. Rather, you will assume his/her liability on that card.

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  • A judgement was entered against me on Tuesday, June 21st. The judgement says a writ can be issued on Monday, June 27th. What...

    If the landlord goes to court on Monday to get the writ, I know the judge must sign and then it must be assigned to the constable to serve. Once the constable shows up with the writ and serves it, must I leave that minute or face arrest? Or do I t...

    Steven’s Answer

    You will have to leave when the constable shows.

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  • Can a management company keep personal property in lieu of rent owed by the leasee?

    My son was evicted. I am his mother, and have an antique corner cabinet in there I called the management company and they said because I wasn't on the lease they couldn't release it to me AT ALL and they would only release it to my son if he paid ...

    Steven’s Answer

    If your son shows up with the cost of storing his property, they will have to release it.

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