Landlord-Tenant law deals with the relationships between landlords, tenants and their attorneys. There are four basic components to this relationship:
- Landlords. The owners of the residential premises. Landlords can also use management companies to handle their responsibilities and enforce their rights.
- Tenants. The renters of the residential premises.
- The residential premises itself.
- The Lease or Rental Agreement. This is the contract between the landlord and tenant outlining rights and obligations.
Most disputes with a landlord care primarily governed by the terms of the lease. However, there are certain terms and provisions that are not allowed to be put into a lease. There are rights that a tenant enjoys under the Ohio Landlord Tenant Act that cannot be taken away, even if a tenant agrees to do so. There are also certain terms and conditions that Ohio Courts have found to be unconscionable, so one sided that they will not allow them into rental agreements or to be enforced if already included.
Many disputes occur at the conclusion of a lease and center around alleged damages to the property and the retention of a security deposit by the landlord. There are specific requirements under Ohio law that a landlord must follow to notify a tenant of damages and withhold part or all of the security deposit.
Eviction is the legal process a landlord must follow to remove a tenant from their property who has failed to honor the terms of the lease. If the process is not properly followed, a tenant may recover damages for an illegal eviction. But if the process is properly followed, a landlord can remove a tenant from their property. It is important in any rental matter that you act quickly, especially with an eviction.
For help with these or any other aspect of Landlord Tenant Law, please contact the Brewster Law Office for a consultation.