Lease Termination Under Ohio Law
Landlords and tenants can end a lease that is not in writing by giving notice:
- Month-to-month lease - 30 days prior to the beginning of the rental period.
- Week-to-week lease - 7 days notice.
No reason need be given a tenant or landlord for ending a lease as long as proper notice is given to the other party. Terminations under a written lease must be made according to that lease, but a landlord cannot shorten the notice time a tenant is entitled to by law.
If after 30 days the landlord has not returned the deposit or the itemized accounting, or if the tenant disagrees with the landlord's decision to withhold some or all of the security deposit, then the tenant may sue for double the amount which the tenant believes was wrongfully withheld.