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Landlord-Tenant Law

The Ohio Landlord-Tenant Law, applies to most landlord-tenant relationships and governs most rental agreements whether oral or written.

The Landlord`s Duties

The landlord must:

  • Comply with requirements of any building, housing, health or safety codes which materially affect health and safety.
  • Make all repairs and do whatever is reasonably necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.
  • Keep the common areas of the building safe and sanitary.
  • Provide trash and waste receptacles, if there are four or more apartments in the building.
  • Supply running hot water, a reasonable amount of hot water, and reasonable heat at all times.
  • Give tenant reasonable notice of intent to enter into a tenant`s apartment and enter only at reasonable times.
  • Provide the tenant with the name and address of landlord and agent, if any, in writing at the beginning of tenancy.
  • Keep all electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning fixtures, appliances, and elevators in good safe working condition, when these things are supplied or required to be supplied by the landlord.
  • Not harass the tenant by unreasonable or repeated demands to enter without the tenant`s permission. The tenant can recover actual damage resulting from the landlord`s entering.

The Tenant`s Duties

The tenant must:

  • Keep the premises safe and sanitary.
  • Keep premises free of trash and garbage.
  • Use and operate all electrical and plumbing fixtures properly.
  • Comply with the requirements imposed on tenants by applicable housing, health, and safety codes.
  • Allow the landlord or agent to enter the apartment with reasonable notice for inspection to see what repairs or improvements are needed.
  • Not intentionally or negligently destroy, damage, or deface property, or remove any plumbing fixture or appliance from the premises.
  • Not act in a manner that will disturb neighbors` peaceful enjoyment of the premises.

Click here for a fact sheet about tenant`s rights in private housing from ProSeniors.

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