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Residential Rental Properties: The Duties of a Tenant

The Landlord-Tenant Act governs rental agreements for residential premises in Ohio.  It also sets forth several requirements that Tenants must observe when they rent residential property.

Landlord Tenant Law in OhioAny tenant who is a party to a rental agreement in the State of Ohio shall do all of the following:

(1) Keep the premises safe and sanitary;

(2) Dispose of all rubbish, garbage, and other waste in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner;

(3) Keep all plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit as clean as their condition permits;
(4) Use and operate all electrical and plumbing fixtures properly;
(5) Comply with the requirements imposed on tenants by all applicable state and local housing, health, and safety codes;
(6) Personally refrain and forbid any other person who is on the premises with his permission from intentionally or negligently destroying, defacing, damaging, or removing any fixture, appliance, or other parts of the premises;
(7) Maintain in good working order and condition any range, refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, or other appliances supplied by the landlord and required to be maintained by the tenant under the terms and conditions of a written rental agreement;
(8) Conduct himself and guests in a manner that will not disturb his neighbors' peaceful enjoyment of the premises;
(9) Personally refrain and forbid any other person who is on the premises with his permission from violating laws related to illegal drugs and controlled substances.

Furthermore, in Ohio a tenant must permit a landlord to enter the dwelling unit during reasonable times in order to inspect the premises, make ordinary, necessary, or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements, deliver parcels that are too large for the tenant's mail facilities, supply necessary or agreed services, or show the dwelling unit to purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workmen, or contractors.

If a tenant violates the Landlord Tenant Act, a landlord may recover any actual damages that result from the violation together with reasonable attorney fees. Furthermore, a landlord may terminate the rental agreement, initiate an action for the possession of the premises, or seek a court order to compel access to the premises.

The Landlord-Tenant Act in Ohio sets forth the bare minimum requirements for tenants.  A lease agreement may set forth additional contractual duties and obligations provided they are not contrary to Ohio Landlord and tenant law. If you have questions regarding your lease agreement, it is important to consult with a trusted attorney to assist you.  The attorneys at Laribee & Hertrick, LLP are here to help you.

Before you make important decisions related to a rental property,  it is best to consult a trusted lawyer to discuss the unique facts related to real estate law and available options.  The attorneys at Laribee & Hertrick. LLP in Medina, Ohio can assist you.
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