Ohio Rental Lease Agreements

The Ohio Rental Lease Agreements are drafted by two parties—a landlord and a tenant—who upon signing enter into a legally-binding relationship regarding a residential rental property. In other words, the parties must understand terms regarding matters such as:

  • Property Description;
  • Rent Amount ($);
  • Furnishings;
  • Lease Term;
  • Utility Responsibilities; and
  • Evictions


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What is an Ohio Lease Agreement?

An Ohio Lease Agreement is a document that imposes certain conditions on both a landlord and tenant, as well as subsequent penalties if these provisions are compromised by either party. While not mandatory to use, landlords are recommended to ask tenants to complete a rental application if they are still in the process of screening potential tenants.

State Definition (§ 5321.01(D)) – “means any agreement or lease, written or oral, which establishes or modifies the terms, conditions, rules, or any other provisions concerning the use and occupancy of residential premises by one of the parties.”

Types of Agreements

College Roommate Agreement –

Commercial Lease Agreement –

Lease to Own Agreement –

Month-to-Month Lease –

Roommate Agreement –

Standard Residential Lease Agreement –

Sublease Agreement –

When is Rent Due?

Ohio state law does not specify when rent is due. As such, rent is due as stated in the written lease agreement. State law also does not provide for a grace period for tenants.

Landlord’s Access



Required Disclosures

  • Lead Paint Disclosure: To comply with federal law, landlords must tell disclose to tenants when they know of any lead paint hazards in their rental properties built before 1978. Landlords of such properties must additionally provide tenants with an informational brochure on the topic.

Security Deposit Laws


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