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Summary Of Ohio Code Provisions Relating To Lease Agreements

A landlord-tenant relationship usually commences with the execution of a lease agreement by both parties. Often, the lease agreement is accompanied by related documents, such as a written guarantee by a third party, assuring the tenant's performance of the obligations set forth in the lease.

A lease may be written or oral and is enforceable in a court of law. Landlord and Tenant law in Ohio is governed by Ohio Revised Code section 5321, and is implied into every rental agreement (whether written or oral). Ohio Revised Code section 5321.06 allows the landlord and tenant to include in a rental agreement any terms and conditions, including any term relating to rent, the duration of an agreement, and any other provisions governing the rights and obligations of the parties that are not inconsistent with or prohibited by Chapter 5321 of the Revised Code or any other rule of law.

Under Ohio Revised Code section 5321.18, certain lease provisions are mandatory. Section 5321.18 mandates that lease agreements include the property owner's name, address, and if applicable, the name and address of the property owner's agent. If the property owner or property owner's agent is a corporation, partnership, limited partnership or other entity, then the address shall be the principal place of business in the county in which the property is located. In the event that no principal place of business in this county exits, then the principal place of business in Ohio. If the lease agreement is oral, then the landlord must provide the tenant with the above information in writing.

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