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If a landlord does not meet the duties imposed by the Landlord Tenant law or the local housing codes or the rental agreement or if there are conditions which materially affect health and safety, then... a tenant may give the landlord a written notice to correct the condition. This notice must be in writing and delivered to the person or at the place where the tenant normally pays rent. Tenant should keep a copy of this notice.
If the landlord fails to correct the condition within a reasonable time, not to exceed 30 days, then the tenant may deposit his/her rent with the Clerk of Courts, or may apply to the Court for an order to compel the repairs, or may terminate the rental agreement.

The Ohio Landlord Tenant Law forbids a landlord from retaliating against a tenant by increasing the rent, decreasing the services, evicting or threatening to evict the tenant because the tenant has:

  • Complained to a public official
  • Complained to the landlord
  • Joined with other tenants to bargain collectively over the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.
If being evicted and landlord retaliation is suspected, the tenant may: use the retaliation of the landlord as a defense in an eviction; bring a civil lawsuit against the landlord when a landlord uses a self-help eviction or acts of retaliation; sue for damages and attorney fees; terminate the rental agreement or lease contract.


The information provided should be used only as a resource and not substituted as legal advice.
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Cleveland Tenants Organization
30 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 621-0540

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