Is an out of state landlord subject to OH landlord tenant law?

Asked 11 months ago - Cincinnati, OH

My landlord is located in Covington, KY but manages a property in downtown Cincinnati, OH. They believe they are subject to KY law when it comes to returning a security deposit (45-60 days). Is this true? It has been over 65 days and I have not received an invoice or check after consistently checking with them. All I keep getting are excuses.

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  1. Nicholas Isaac Andersen

    Contributor Level 12


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . No. I don't think there are many (or any) circumstances where residential rental property in Ohio can be rented to a tenant under terms that conflict with Ohio's Landlord-Tenant statutes. That aside, Kentucky's law regarding security deposits is somewhat similar. Did you provide them with your forwarding address in writing? Have you received any demands from them regarding damage to the property or rent due? Kentucky appears to have a demand period where if the landlord makes a claim to all or part of the security deposit the tenant has a certain amount of time to dispute the charges. Since the amount of the deposit is probably not substantial (well, probably not worth paying a lawyer too much to fight) perhaps the landlord just makes a habit of keeping deposits. So long as the tenant if fully compliant, Ohio's law does provide for attorney's fees in certain situations involving security deposits. So if you are unable to make any progress, and have some spare time, perhaps you should call around and see if you can find an attorney to take up your cause. Good luck!

    Mr. Andersen's answers are not intended to create an attorney-client relationship and are based on only the... more
  2. Andrew A Esposito

    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . I agree with Attorney Anderson. The landlord is absolutely subject to Ohio law. You should definitely retain a lawyer to assist you in the matter. Ohio Revised Code 5321.16 provides for double damages and reasonable attorneys fees. With this fee shifting statute you can likely fine an attorney that will handle the matter without requiring a retainer.

    If you would like to talk further, please feel free to give contact me.

    Andrew A. Esposito

    Mr. Esposito is a Ohio-licensed attorney only. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You... more
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