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May 25, 2013

Linda asks…

Illinois Landlords in Cook County, what lease form do you use for unfurnished condos? Free download online?

If you’re a landlord with rental property in Illinois(cook county), what lease form do you prefer, for a one year unfurnished condominium agreement? I’ve been using the Aboma-Form C, copyrighted 2002 by the Apartment Building Owners and Managers Association of Illinois. It’s a standard lease, without any special inclusions. I’m looking to download that online if anyone knows where I can find it, but I’m also open to other recommendations. I’ve emailed the Aboma website, but it may take a few days for them to get back to me, as I need a fresh copy.

Administrator answers:

To be honest – condo’s operate under a different set of rules and the condo board of trustees will have to provide you with an agreement. They probably will not since condo owners don’t like renters.

Maria asks…

what kind of power of attorney do I need?

I’ve narrowed it down to 3 options according to the state of Virginia. I need a power of attorney form to sign lease and rental agreements for our furniture and apartment and such.

VA Financial Power of Attorney Form (with durable option)
The Virginia financial power of attorney form (with durable option) is a legal document in which you give another person legal authority to act on your behalf. You can choose to have the powers granted to your agent to become effective immediately or upon a later disability or incapacity. This form also allows you to give your agent as much or as little authority as you choose. For example, you can give your agent the authority to handle all of your business and financial matters for you or you can pick and choose the powers you want to give your agent. It also contains an option for you to make it durable which provides authorization for your agent to continue to handle your affairs even if you later experience a disability or incapacity. This form (file) is a type you can open, edit and save with all word processing programs. Download form after checkout. $13.95

Real Estate Power of Attorney Form (to manage)
This real estate power of attorney form allows you to give someone the legal authority to manage your real property. The agent you name will have the authority to: to do any act of management; to lease; to collect, sue for and receive all rents; to employ laborers about real property and more. Download fillable form after checkout. $13.95

Limited Power of Attorney Form
A limited power of attorney form lets you appoint someone to help you with one or more clearly defined tasks involving your finances or property. For example, you may want to name a relative or close friend to sign business or legal papers for you while you are unavailable. If your needs really are definable in this way, it makes good sense to use the limited power of attorney form, rather than the broader general power of attorney forms. Includes instructions and fillable form. Download after checkout. $13.95

Administrator answers:

I’d go with Real Estate as a first option and Limited as a 2nd.

No way I use the financial.

William asks…

My landlord had my brother forge my rental co sign… i responsible?

My husband and 2 children applied for an apartment, after hearing the rental agents incredible offer for a $99 deposit and one month free, we decided to go ahead with the agreement. When he ran our credit we did not qualify for the move in special so he asked if i knew anyone else that was in the market.

I called my brother who was looking as well, and he decided it was a great deal as well and decided on his own to go ahead and move in.

Since then it has come to our attention that our lease was cosigned……..which we never had.

my brother enlightened us that the agent offered discounted rent and back to back apartments if he could get the forms back same day. My brother forged the signatures……….

What are our legal options?
My brother says he was pressured to sign but never did….he claims it was the over anxious sales guy that signed…….if he’s right, then what?

Administrator answers:

At this point you are responsible, you have to prove that you did not sign. In order to prove it was not you, you will have to press criminal charges against your brother and he has to be convicted.

Chris asks…


Discrimination or not?
Here is some history
a landlord owns a large apartment complex
Somehow the landlords rep didn’t proof read a rental agreement

In the rental agreement it states that because the apartment is not deleaded no children under 6 AND PREGNANT WOMEN (seeing that an unborn child might be at risk from lead paint) are allowed. So even though he is a male living at the apartment, there is still discriminatory language in the rental agreement
The tenant was being evicted for non payment of rent. During court the tenant said that he was discriminated because his girlfriend and child was not allowed to rent
He then struck a deal with the landlord
The tenant who was being evicted signs a statement saying that he was not discriminated against nor were any children discriminated against.
The Comm of Discrimination are investigating

Also in the statement it states that the tenant release all liablity and damagers from the landlord

Was having the tenant sign the form a good idea
The tenant asked for moving expenses and first and last months rent and just to get him out the landlord paid him 1700.00

What do you think?
This happened in the US

Administrator answers:

So how do adults respond to living with paint that hasn’t been deleaded? If this paint is only a problem for children and unborn babies, then the landlord SHOULD prohibit children and pregnant women from living in an apartment where they could be in harm’s way. Warning tenants about potential health problems is the only responsible thing to do; it’s not discriminatory–it’s sensible. If the tenant wants to put his kid at risk like that then it sounds like child neglect. If he’s being evicted for non-payment, then isn’t he really just changing the subject? Why is it always someone else’s fault when the person who signs the contract refuses to read what’s actually on it?

Steven asks…

Florida early termination 2009 statue help?

I have a question about this me and some of my colleagues were discussing this and I would like a clear answer on this here is the situation.

Tenant signs a lease in 2007 stayed in the apartment until 2009, every year she renewed her lease, until 2009 she had to terminate her lease early gave proper 60 day notice in writing. According to the statues in Florida 2009 83.595 Choice of remedies upon breach or early termination by tenant. In short summary it indicates that a tenant must sign this, Read the statue.

(4) Charge liquidated damages, as provided in the rental agreement, or an early termination fee to the tenant if the landlord and tenant have agreed to liquidated damages or an early termination fee, if the amount does not exceed 2 months’ rent, and if, in the case of an early termination fee, the tenant is required to give no more than 60 days’ notice, as provided in the rental agreement, prior to the proposed date of early termination. This remedy is available only if the tenant and the landlord, at the time the rental agreement was made, indicated acceptance of liquidated damages or an early termination fee. The tenant must indicate acceptance of liquidated damages or an early termination fee by signing a separate addendum to the rental agreement containing a provision in substantially the following form:

[ ] I agree, as provided in the rental agreement, to pay $_____ (an amount that does not exceed 2 months’ rent) as liquidated damages or an early termination fee if I elect to terminate the rental agreement, and the landlord waives the right to seek additional rent beyond the month in which the landlord retakes possession.

[ ] I do not agree to liquidated damages or an early termination fee, and I acknowledge that the landlord may seek damages as provided by law.

(a) In addition to liquidated damages or an early termination fee, the landlord is entitled to the rent and other charges accrued through the end of the month in which the landlord retakes possession of the dwelling unit and charges for damages to the dwelling unit.

(b) This subsection does not apply if the breach is failure to give notice as provided in s. 83.575.

When the tenant signed her lease in 2007 there was no such statue in Florida only a penalty that could be charged for 2 months for termination, the tenant signed a definition to annex lease every year there after agreeing to the terms in the lease in 2007? So can she be charged a termination fee of 2 months in 2009 without having signed or agreed to “liquidated damages or early termination” per that statue in 2009 or do we go by the law in 2007 which is what the tenant signed for the terms never changed in any of her renewals? So who’s right legally?

Administrator answers:

This what judges get paid for

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