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Landlord Duties Owed to Tenant

In Ohio, a Landlord has Statutory Duties and Common Law Duties. Further, duties may be imposed by a provision or undertaking proscribed in a lease.

The Statutory Duties required of a Landlord are:

  1. Duty to provide tenant with landlord’s name and address,

  2. Duty to comply with all applicable codes,

  3. Duty to disclose lead-based paint hazards,

  4. Duty to repair,

  5. Duty to maintain common areas,

  6. Duty to maintain appliances supplied by him,

  7. Duty to supply trash receptacles,

  8. Duty to supply hot and cold running water, and

  9. Reasonable access to the rental premises.

The Common Law Duties of a Landlord are:

  1. Duty to deliver possession,

  2. Duty to provide reasonable protection against criminal acts by third persons,

  3. Warranty of habitability: includes liability for latent defects, liability for nuisance, and the warranty of quiet enjoyment, and

  4. Duty to repair.

The Tenants remedies when one of the duties are breached: the tenant may give written notice to the landlord of the violations. If the landlord does not remedy the problems within a reasonable time or within 30 days, the tenant can deposit rent with the court, elect to terminate the lease agreement, bring an action to recover money damages, apply for court order directing the landlord to remedy the condition, or apply for a court order to use the rent deposited to cover the repair of the condition.

If you believe your landlord has violated one of his duties, you should contact an Attorney immediately to preserve your rights.

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