Ohio Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Crafting an Ohio Month-to-Month Lease Agreement is essential for both landlords and tenants to establish clear terms. Ohio's unique regulations and requirements should be carefully considered to ensure legal compliance.

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Ohio Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Our Ohio Month-to-Month Lease Agreement Template is designed to facilitate this process, offering a comprehensive framework that covers key aspects such as rent, property rules, and termination clauses.

Month-to-Month Leases in Ohio

Lease Termination & Renewal 

  • Ohio lessors and tenants must provide a 30-day written notice if they want to terminate the lease. 
  • The party must deliver this written notice in person or by using a certified mail service. However, the details of giving notice can be discussed between the lessee and lessor, as the law only requires it to be in writing.
  • There are also no specific renewal terms you have to know, as a month-to-month lease will continue until one of the Parties terminates the contract.

Rent Increases 

  • Ohio doesn’t expressly state how much notice a landlord must give for a rent increase. It has to be in writing, and most lessors tend to stick to the 30-day notice period. 
  • There’s no limit on how much the landlord can increase your rent, as Ohio laws forbid the local governments to implement rent control laws.
  • Lessors can’t raise the rent as retaliation for a tenant’s protected action. 
  • Landlords can’t raise the rent in a way that discriminates against any protected class in the Fair Housing Act.

Security Deposit

  • Landlords can charge any amount for the security deposit, as there’s no upper limit. 
  • Any security deposit over $50 or equal to one month’s rent must be kept in an interest-bearing account. It must bear 5% annual interest if the lessee stays in the property for over six months. 
  • The landlord will pay this interest annually to the tenant. 
  • The lessor must refund the security deposit within 30 days, along with an itemized list of deductions. 
  • The lessor is only required to forward it to the address the tenant provided. If the tenant doesn’t give an accurate address, then they forfeit their right to take legal action for non-payment of the deposit.

Tenant Rights 

  • Tenants can complain to the landlord about any damage or issues if they lower their quality of life or affect their right to a habitable unit. 
  • They have a right to fair housing.
  • The landlord must always give appropriate notice before entering the property.

Required Disclosures 

Ohio only requires two legal disclosures in this document, and they are:

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: Any building older than 1978 might have lead-based paint present. The landlord must state its possible presence and provide a pamphlet on its hazards.
  • Identity of Landlord/Agent: The landlord must give the tenant their name and address or that of their authorized agent. This information enables the tenant to serve legal notice to the right person.