Ohio Eviction Laws

To legally get a residential tenant to leave a rental property, a landlord in Ohio must follow the Ohio eviction process.

Tenant Self-Eviction is Illegal

A landlord may not take action to evict a tenant without a court order. It is unlawful for a landlord to forcibly evict a tenant. A forcible eviction can result in monetary damages to the tenant.

Reasons for Tenant Evictions

The Ohio eviction process allows landlords to legally evict a tenant for a number of reasons including:

  • Nonpayment of rent
  • Expiration of the lease
  • Tenant’s failure to comply with health and safety codes
  • Violation of material terms of the lease
  • Commission of a drug offense
  • Denying the landlord access upon reasonable notice (at least 24-hours)

Depending on the reason for the eviction, the Ohio eviction notice may be 3-days or 30-days.

3-Day Eviction Notice

For nonpayment of rent or in cases where the landlord reasonably believes the tenant or a person living on the property is involved in illegal drug activity, the notice is 3-days. The notice must advise the tenants that they are being asked to leave or that an eviction action will be brought against them. If the tenants have any questions they should seek legal assistance to have them answered.

30-Days Eviction Notice

For matters concerning a breach or violation of a material provision in the written lease, the Ohio eviction notice is 30-days. This also applies to month-to-month tenancies where a full rental month’s notice is required.

These notices may be served personally on the tenant or given to someone residing there, or it may be posted on the unit door or left in a conspicuous location.

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