Toledo Municipal Court Housing and Environmental Division
555 North Erie Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Resources for Landlords
The Ohio Landlord Tenant Act of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC
Chapter 5321) clearly defines the rights and obligations of the
landlord. This section offers resources for landlords to better
understand the law and improve landlord-tenant relations. The
information provided does not constitute legal advice and is
intended for reference purposes only. For specific
interpretation of the law, please seek legal counsel.
Rights and Responsibilities
Under the law, a landlord has certain rights and
responsibilities. This section provides an overview of the
landlord's legal obligations and rights, including reasons a
landlord can evict a tenant.
A landlord and tenant should inspect the property together
before signing a lease agreement and put in writing the
condition of the property upon move-in. Contained in this
section is a sample "Move-in/Move-Out Inspection Checklist."
A lease agreement can be oral or written. However, a written
lease is preferable, to clearly establish the terms, conditions,
rules and regulations for occupancy of the premises. An overview
of what provisions should and should not be included in lease
agreements is offered in this section.
An overview of the eviction process is provided, with a "Do's
and Don'ts" list for landlords.
The procedure of refunding or withholding the security deposit
when a tenant vacates is outlined in accordance with ORC