Landlords and tenants occasionally find themselves embroiled in a contentious relationship. Minor day- to -day skirmishes can usually be resolved between the two parties. But sometimes the dispute escalates and requires the attention of an expert to untangle the legal implications. Our attorneys' ensure your rights are being protected.
We focus our attention on providing cost-effective services that utilize our experience, knowledge and insight to settle the conflict outside of the courtroom. Our obligation is to assist you in understanding your rights as an Ohio landlord or tenant under the applicable state laws. If mediation fails, we are prepared to be your advocate in court.
Our firm offers landlords representation in commercial and residential tenant disputes. These can frequently be complex issues that require resolution to avoid similar future disputes.
We provide representation to tenants who believe that their rights have been violated. Our focus is the lease document which reveals if the landlord is in compliance with the terms and all legal requirements, as well as the Ohio Landlord Tenant Act..
In Ohio, a Landlord has a duty to:
1. Put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition;
2. Keep the common areas safe and sanitary;
3. Comply with building, housing, health and safety codes;
4. Keep all electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems and fixtures in good working order;
5. Maintain all appliances and equipment supplied or required to be supplied by him/her;
6. Provide running water, reasonable amounts of hot water and heat, unless the hot water and heat are supplied by an installation that is under the exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct public utility hook-up;
7. Provide garbage cans and arrange for trash removal, if the landlord owns four or more residential units in the same building;
8. Give at least 24 hours notice, unless it is an emergency, before entering a tenant's unit and enter only at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner;
9. Evict the tenant when informed by a law enforcement officer of drug activity by the tenant, a member of the tenant's household or a guest of the tenant occurring in or otherwise connected with the tenant's premises.
In Ohio, a Tenant has a duty to:
1. Keep the premises safe & sanitary;
2. Dispose of rubbish properly;
3. Keep the plumbing fixtures as clean as their condition permits;
4. Use electrical and plumbing fixtures properly;
5. Comply with housing, health and safety codes that apply to tenants;
6. Refrain from damaging the premises & keep guests from damaging;
7. Maintain the appliances supplied by the landlord in good working order;
8. Refrain from disturbing any neighbors and require guests to do the same.
9. Permit landlord to enter the dwelling unit, if the request is reasonable and proper notice is given.
10. Comply with state or municipal drug laws in connection with the premises and require household members and guests to do likewise.
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