Eviction is never a pleasant process either for landlord or tenant. However, if you are a landlord in Ohio who is in the position of needing to evict a tenant, it is important to understand your rights. According to Landlord Guidance, self eviction in Ohio is illegal. That is, an Ohio landlord may not shut off utilities, change locks, or otherwise forcibly remove a tenant from the premises without an official court order.
There are several reasons why a landlord may choose to evict a tenant. In the state of Ohio, the official reasons for eviction may include: nonpayment of rent, drug offenses, denying the landlord access to the property when reasonable notice is made (24 hours), the lease expiring, the tenant refusing to comply with health/safety codes, or violating the material terms of the lease.
In the event that the tenants are not paying rent or are suspected of being involved in drug activity, the landlord may issue a 3 Day Notice to Quit. This informs the tenant that they are being asked to leave, or else the landlord will start official eviction processes.
In the event that the tenant is violating other terms of the lease, the landlord may issue a 30 Day Eviction Notice. In the event that the agreement is a month-to-month lease where a full month’s notification of contract termination is required, the landlord may issue an Ohio Lease Termination Letter.
This blog post is intended to educate you on your options if you are a landlord facing evicting a tenant in Ohio. It is not intended to be taken as legal counsel.