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Columbus, Ohio Landlord & Tenant Attorneys

If you’re facing complications in regards to a landlord or tenant issue, then it may be wise to seek knowledgeable and expert legal advice. If you’re a landlord or tenant in Columbus, Ohio, whether it's regrading a residential or a commercial property, it’s important to know both your rights as well as your obligations.

A rental agreement (written or oral) regarding the use and/or occupancy of a premises or property is a binding contract between both parties that enacts the conditions and terms for the use (or occupancy) of a residential or commercial premises or property.

Common Matters Concerning Landlord/Tenant Disputes

Protecting your rights

Rental agreement

Violation of rental agreement

Amount of rental

Lease or rental agreement disputes

Unpaid rent

Collection of rent

Late rent payments

Rent increase

Eviction matters

Increasing rent without proper notice

Discrimination based on race, religion, national origin

Retaliation claims

Personal injury issues

Unsafe living conditions

Uninhabitable conditions

Landlord repair of property

Tenant upkeep of premises

Maintenance of property

Causing damage to the premises

Proper notice before entering the property

Providing utilities

Withholding security deposit

Locked-out of premises

Persons residing at rental property

Disturbing other tenants

Property subletting

Commercial property issues


Ohio Landlord and Tenant Law: What You Need to Know

When it comes to landlord/tenant law in Ohio, there are a lot of important things to know. Both landlords and tenants have rights and responsibilities, and it is important to understand these in order to avoid legal problems. The landlord/tenant relationship is governed by a complex set of laws in Ohio. These laws are designed to protect the rights of both landlords and tenants. If you are a landlord or tenant in Ohio and you have a legal issue, you may need to consult with our attorneys. As a landlord/tenant attorney, we can help you understand your rights and responsibilities, and we can represent you in court if necessary. We can also draft a rental lease/agreement for landlords, so they are legally protected.


Tenant Lawsuits

As a tenant attorney, if no other resolution is forthcoming, we can file a lawsuit with the court. We will outline your legal claims against your landlord and serve the complaint on your landlord. Once the complaint has been served, your landlord will have an opportunity to file an answer. The answer will respond to your claims. Your landlord has the option of filing a counterclaim against you. The case will then proceed to trial. At trial, we will present evidence and witnesses to support your claims. Your landlord will also have the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses.

The judge will then decide the case, either in your favor or not, depending on the evidence that both sides provide to the court.


Contacting Our Landlord and Tenant Attorneys

If you’re looking for a Columbus landlord/tenant attorney, you should know that an experienced and qualified attorney can help you understand your options, as well as protect your rights and interests. It is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. We can help with any legal problem, or negotiate a resolution for any dispute between a tenant and landlord.

Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Ohio Landlord & Tenant FAQ

My landlord and I have an oral contract. Is this legally binding in Ohio?

Yes, an oral contract regarding a rental or lease agreement is legally acceptable in the state of Ohio. However, a written contract will many times eliminate any future problems between a landlord and tenant.


Is there any limits on the amount of time I can rent a property?

As long as both parties (landlord and tenant) agree to the terms, such as daily, weekly, monthly, yearly etc., then there is no limit on the amount of time agreed to. As a tenant, you shall have exclusive possession of the property, until the agreed upon date is reached.


I don't know my landlord's name or address. What are my options?

First of all, your landlord is legally required to give you his or her name, whether the contract is oral or written. Also, the Ohio state auditor has the names of all property owners.


As a tenant, is it my responsibility to maintain the property?

Yes, you are required to keep the premises sanitary and safe. Your landlord is responsible for the upkeep of certain items as well. You are required to dispose of garbage, keep plumbing fixtures clean, do not disturb neighbors, don't allow illegal drugs on the property etc.


As a landlord, what kind of notice is required to enter the premises?

Unless it's an emergency, a notice of at least 24 hours is required to the tenant for notice of entering the premises.


Helpful Tenant/Landlord Resources:

Ohio Bar Association

Ohio Tenant Resources

Landlord Obligations

Tenant Obligations

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