A Landlord’s Legal Responsibilities in Ohio

An attorney representing clients in the Dayton, Ohio, area, Kyle T. Kirts has more than 15 years of experience litigating criminal defense and family law matters. Kyle Kirts also handles landlord and tenant cases.

In the state of Ohio, landlords must comply with specific regulations regardless of whether these stipulations are outlined in a lease. The law also does not allow a tenant to waive the landlord’s obligations under any circumstance.

The regulations require landlords to maintain the facilities up to health code and safety standards, assume responsibility for sanitation in common areas, and supply running water to tenants. Further, landlords must make a reasonable amount of hot water and heat available at all times. However, the regulations allow the landlord to enforce an agreement stipulating that the tenant will pay for part or all of the utilities supplied to a residence. Property owners must also adhere to tenant privacy rights and not enter a home without a legitimate reason, such as to make repairs, inspect for damages, or show the home to prospective renters.


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