Booth renting a salon spot with no contract.

We have worked at this salon for almost 1 year. We wanted to sign contracts with the owner but she insisted no contracts be signed. She has left and is living in another state but comes back every 2 months to cut her clients hair. This interferes with our schedules as the salon is packed with out her. Now things are to the point where she is changing our rent, not paying bills on time, interfereing with our schedules and clients. Now since we have complained to her, she told us 3 booth renters, we need to pay our rent and get our

stuff and get out. What legal rights do either of us have? I’m asuming neither she or us have any legal right because there is no contract.

Asked on December 23, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

When there is no written contract or lease, you are a month-to-month tenant in renting your booth. You may leave at any time on one month's notice; your landlord may similarly increase your rent and/or require you to leave on month's notice. Your landlord does have an obligation to not interere with your use and occupancy of the space you rent, but unfortunately, your primary recourse for her violation of that obligation is your right to treat the tenancy as terminated by her violation and stop being a tenant--something which you can do any way, as a month-to-month tenant. A month-to-month commercial tenant has very few rights or protections.


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