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Making an Ohio Lease Agreement

  • What is an Ohio Lease Agreement?

    If you are a residential property owner, you should consider making Ohio Lease Agreements to protect your interests when you are planning to rent your property to tenants. When it is drafted correctly, this legal contract may limit the number of disputes between the signers. When ready, you can click the button labeled "Make document" to check out our Ohio Rental Contract sample. Appropriate for renting out every type of residential property, this rental agreement for Ohio can be used by property owners in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and every other city or town in the Buckeye State.

  • Is this Ohio Rental Contract legally binding?

    As with any legal agreement, an Ohio Rental Contract will not be legally binding until it is signed by all parties. Different from an Ohio Lease Agreement template or blank PDF file that you might find elsewhere, each rental contract that is built on Rocket Lawyer comes with the option of Document Defense®, so an attorney can reach out on your behalf if you need to demand payment or experience any other issue.

  • Does a landlord need to make an Ohio Rental Agreement every time that they bring on a new tenant?

    Even if you are providing the rental as a favor, having a record of any commitments to the renter is critical. The following benefits may help to inform your decision to use one:

    • Neither party is surprised by how long the lease will last
    • Roles and responsibilities are understood by all
    • Neither party is confused about rent or fees charged

    Ultimately, if you decide against making this document, neither party will experience any of the benefits and protections connected to having one.

  • What details should a Lease Agreement template for Ohio include?

    In order to make an Ohio Lease Agreement right now, you will need the following:

    • The address and description of your property
    • The full legal name of each inhabitant
    • What the duration of the rental is
    • What type of utilities or amenities are included
    • How much you will charge for the deposit and rent

    As you would expect, Ohio Lease Agreements built with Rocket Lawyer also include rules related to smoking and/or drug use, late fees, guests, pets/animals, and moving out before the rental period ends. While building your rental contract, you also can include information about insurance requirements, furnishings, and maintenance procedures. With the Rocket Lawyer document tool, you have the power to implement additional custom editing, if needed.

  • Where can I prepare a custom Ohio Residential Lease Agreement online?

    If you have decided to write your document using Rocket Lawyer, you can follow the guidance that is presented. Our step-by-step interview will guide you through some questions to help us generate an Ohio Lease Agreement that is customized to fit your needs. It can be helpful to consider asking a Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorney to review it for you prior to signing it. This route, in many cases, will end up being notably more affordable and convenient than hiring a traditional provider at a cost totaling hundreds of dollars or even more, if your matter is complex.

  • Am I required to do anything else once I have made an Ohio Lease Contract?

    Alongside your Ohio Lease Agreement, you will find a checklist of next steps you can take after the document is finished. You also may interact with the contract in any or all of these ways: making edits, signing it online via RocketSign®, printing it out, and/or saving it as a PDF document or Word file. Most importantly, as a best practice, you should provide a final copy of your fully signed contract to the tenant. You should also feel free to explore our entire collection of contracts and other legal documents for landlords.

  • How do Ohio rental laws affect my lease?

    In Ohio, there are some security deposit guidelines to be mindful of. For example, if the security deposit exceeds one month's rent, the landlord must pay 5% interest in the amount of the deposit that exceeds one month's rent. Outside of that rule, it is important to notes that the law often evolves over time and it can differ by city. If you have any hesitations or questions related to Ohio rental laws, you can talk to an attorney. Hiring an attorney to proofread contracts might be costly. Certain lawyers will not even accept requests to review your rental contract if they were not the author. If an attorney does decide to help, they are still going to make you pay their standard rate to do so. An easier option is via attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. When you sign up for a Premium membership, you can get your contracts reviewed or send any questions. Whether you need to make another Ohio Lease Contract or other legal documents for landlords, Rocket Lawyer will be here for you.

    Ohio Lease Agreement Laws: Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 5321.01 to 5321.19

  • Is Ohio a good state for real estate owners?

    The response may be quite subjective, but there are several factors to keep in mind as you decide whether or not to invest in real estate. These may include the following: the amount of property taxes, mandated disclosures, the breadth of tenants' rights, any restrictions on deposits and rent, and, ultimately, how challenging it might be to evict a tenant if problems arise. This being said, as Ohio is the home of tourist destinations like Cedar Point, National Museum of the US Air Force, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in addition to institutions like Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, and the University of Dayton, there shouldn't be any shortage of potential visitors and tenants if your property is nearby.

Last reviewed or updated 04/22/2022

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