@MHPark , as per your post:
- "Tenant refuses to sign lease / rule"
We are not in Ohio.
However, in South Carolina as per the South Carolina code of Laws:
Title 27 - Property and Conveyances
Residential Landlord And Tenant Act
SECTION 27-40-320. Effect of unsigned or undelivered rental agreement.
(a) If the landlord does not sign and deliver a written rental agreement which has been signed and delivered to the landlord by the tenant, acceptance of rent without reservation by the landlord gives the rental agreement the same effect as if it had been signed and delivered by the landlord.
(b) If the tenant does not sign and deliver a written rental agreement which has been signed and delivered to the tenant by the landlord, acceptance of possession and payment of rent without reservation gives the rental agreement the same effect as if it had been signed and delivered by the tenant.
(c) If a rental agreement given effect by the operation of this section provides for a term longer than one year, it is effective for only one year.
As per Section B:
If a Tenant accepts possession of a Written Rental Agreement & Pays the Rent without Reservation, it give the Rental Agreement the same effect as if it had been signed and delivered by the Tenant.
On a side note Section C is interesting:
If a Rental Agreement is longer than 1 Year, it is effective for only 1 Year.
Personally, we like our Month-To-Month Leases.