Landlord and Tenant Law

The Ohio Revised Code creates rights and responsibilities for Ohio tenants and landlords.

To assist residents who are tenants and landlords, a listing or rights and responsibilities is provided below.  The City of North Olmsted also requires that all Landlords register their rental properties with the City as provided in Chapter 713 of North Olmsted's Codified Ordinances .  The Rental Registration form can be found at this link HERE

A Landlord has the duty to:
1. Keep the building safe and sanitary by complying with local housing, health and safety codes.
2. Make repairs to keep the building fit and habitable.
3. Keep hallways, stairs and other common areas safe and sanitary.
4. Keep in good working order all electrical, plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems and fixtures.5. Provide garbage cans and arrange for pickup, if the landlord owns four or more units in the same building.
6. Provide running water and reasonable amounts of hot water and heat unless hot water and heat are supplied by an installation under the exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct public utility connection.
7. Not abuse the right of access.
8. Give at least 24 hours notice, unless it is an emergency, before entering a tenant's unit and entering only at reasonable times.
9. Evict 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.

(ORC 5321.04)

A Tenant has the duty to:
1. Keep the premises which the tenant occupies safe and sanitary.
2. Dispose of rubbish in the proper manner.
3. Keep the plumbing fixtures as clean as their condition permits.
4. Use electrical and plumbing fixtures properly.
5. Comply with local housing, health and safety codes.
6. Refrain from activity that causes damage to the premises and keep guests from doing the same.
7. Maintain appliances supplied by the landlord in good working order.
8. Conduct himself/herself in a manner that does not disturb any neighbors, and require guests and family members to do the same.
9. Comply with State or municipal drug laws in connection with the premises and require household members and guests to do likewise.
10. Permit the landlord to enter the dwelling unit if the request is reasonable and proper notice is given.

(ORC 5321.05)