Over the last few years, I’ve heard all the complaints from tenants. There was a landlord who’s response to a rodent problem was to tell the tenant to get a cat, but only if they paid the pet deposit and monthly pet premium. A landlord who regularly entered the rental property without 24-hour notice and once surprised a tenant as they were getting out of the shower. And the biggest slumlord move of all, a landlord who turned off the water because the tenant had complained too much about there being no heat (that’s SUPER illegal, by the way).
The above examples are all grounds to bring suit against a landlord. In some cases, the lease can be terminated by the court, while in other scenarios a tenant can recover money from the landlord as well as compensation for attorney fees.
If your landlord has failed in their obligations as defined by Ohio Law, there are two ways you break your lease. Either the landlord can agree in writing to release you from it, or you can pursue a court order to have the lease terminated.
Yes, that’s right. Never mind all the quasi-legal babble your landlord tried to put in your lease. Ohio law gives tenants rights and options when it comes to landlords not holding up their end of the bargain, and anything in your lease agreement that is contrary to those rights won’t stop your ability to pursue them.