Ohio Revised Code’s Landlord and Tenant Rules

In a rental agreement, both the owner of the property and the tenant have responsibilities to each other—and violating those obligations can lead to eviction, law suits, or other legal challenges. Before you complete a rental agreement, know what is required of you. The lists below are specific to Ohio, and give direct links to the chapter of the Ohio Revised Code (5321) that addresses landlord-tenant law.

Landlord Obligations

A landlord who is a party to a rental agreement shall do all of the following:

  • Comply with the requirements of all applicable building, housing, health, and safety codes that 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 all common areas of the premises in a safe and sanitary condition;
  • Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning fixtures and appliances, and elevators, supplied or required to be supplied by him;
  • When he is a party to any rental agreements that cover four or more dwelling units in the same structure, provide and maintain appropriate receptacles for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish, and other waste incidental to the occupancy of a dwelling unit, and arrange for their removal;
  • Supply running water, reasonable amounts of hot water and reasonable heat at all times, except where the building that includes the dwelling unit is not required by law to be equipped for that purpose, or the dwelling unit is so constructed that heat or hot water is generated by an installation within the exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct public utility connection;
  • Not abuse the right of access conferred by division (B) of section 5321.05 of the Revised Code;
  • Except in the case of emergency or if it is impracticable to do so, give the tenant reasonable notice of his intent to enter and enter only at reasonable times. Twenty-four hours is presumed to be a reasonable notice in the absence of evidence to the contrary.

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Tenant Obligations

A tenant who is a party to a rental agreement shall do all of the following:

  • Keep that part of the premises that he occupies and uses safe and sanitary;
  • Dispose of all rubbish, garbage, and other waste in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner;
  • Keep all plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit or used by him as clean as their condition permits;
  • Use and operate all electrical and plumbing fixtures properly;
  • Comply with the requirements imposed on tenants by all applicable state and local housing, health, and safety codes;
  • Personally refrain and forbid any other person who is on the premises with his permission from intentionally or negligently destroying, defacing, damaging, or removing any fixture, appliance, or other part of the premises;
  • Maintain in good working order and condition any range, refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, or other appliances supplied by the landlord and required to be maintained by the tenant under the terms and conditions of a written rental agreement;
  • Conduct himself and require other persons on the premises with his consent to conduct themselves in a manner that will not disturb his neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment of the premises.

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