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Ohio Landlord-Tenant Law: The Basics



Learn about Ohio Landlord-Tenant Law through this new brochure published by Legal Aid.  Click here to see a PDF of the brochure.

In Ohio a Landlord has a duty to:

  1. Keep the property in livable condition.
  2. Keep the common areas clean and safe.
  3. Comply with building, housing, health, and safety codes.
  4. Keep in good working order all electrical, plumbing, heating, and ventilation equipment.
  5. Maintain all appliances and equipment supplied by the landlord.
  6. Provide running water, hot water and heat (unless the hot water and heat are controlled entirely by the tenant and supplied by a direct public utility hook-up).
  7. Provide garbage cans and trash removal (if the landlord owns four or more residential units in the same building).
  8. Give at least 24 hours notice, unless it is an emergency, before entering a tenant’s unit, and enter only at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner.
  9. Evict the tenant when informed by a law enforcement officer of drug activity by the tenant, a member of the tenant’s household, or a guest of the tenant occurring in or otherwise connected with the tenant’s premises.

In Ohio a Tenant has a duty to:

  1. Keep the property clean and safe.
  2. Dispose of rubbish in the proper manner.
  3. Keep the plumbing fixtures as clean as their condition permits.
  4. Use electrical and plumbing fixtures properly.
  5. Comply with housing, health, and safety codes that apply to tenants.
  6. Refrain from damaging the property and keep guests from causing damage.
  7. Maintain appliances supplied by the landlord in good working order.
  8. Conduct yourself in a manner that does not disturb any neighbors and require guests to do the same.
  9. Permit landlord to enter the dwelling unit if the request is reasonable and proper notice is given.
  10. Comply with state or municipal drug laws in connection with the property and require household members and guests to do the same.