The Buchtelite

When can you leave the lease early?

March 4, 2014

Prepared by Columbus attorney Eric E. Willison of the Law Office of Eric E. Willison and reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Bar Association Q. My landlord will not fix things around the apartment. Can I use this as an excuse to get out of the lease agreement early? A. It depends upon how serious ...

Lease lingo

March 4, 2014

Some terms commonly found in leases: Application fee: The fee charged to process your application. Some properties that cater to UA students will waive this fee as part of their recruiting strategy. Activity fee: The fee charged to cover the programs and services within a housing community. ...

Landlord-tenant rights and obligations

March 4, 2014

Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Legal Services Association Q. What must my lease include? A. There are no minimum content requirements under Ohio law. Ohio law is actually silent regarding what must be in the lease. However, there are several statutes that have limits or exclu...

Protect valuables with renter’s insurance

March 4, 2014

Prepared by Mary Jo Hudson, former director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, and updated by William J. Reynolds, an attorney in private practice in Cincinnati. Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Bar Association. Most homeowners carry a mortgage and must buy homeowner’s insuranc...

Lease checklist

March 4, 2014

What to look for in your lease: ✓ Listing of location and whether it is a room or an entire property: Make sure the lease lists whether you are renting a room and the common area, or the entire apartment. ✓ Landlord name and address information: This is important so you know how to contact...

Know your rights with respect to the eviction process

March 4, 2014

Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Legal Services Association Q. How does the eviction process start? A. All evictions in Ohio must begin with a “Notice to Leave Premises,” (commonly referred to as a three-day notice). Note that some notices may contain extra language if you liv...