What Are A Landlord's Duties?
A landlord has the duty to:
- Put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.
- Keep the common areas safe and sanitary.
- Comply with building, housing, health, and safety codes.
- Keep in good working order all electrical, plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems and fixtures.
- Maintain all appliances and equipment supplied or required to be supplied by the landlord.
- Provide running water and reasonable amounts of hot water and heat, unless the hot water and heat are supplied by an installation that is under the exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct public utility hookup.
- Provide garbage cans and arrange for trash removal if the landlord owns four or more residential units in the same building.
- Give at least 24 hours notice, unless it is an emergency, before entering a tenant's unit, and enter only at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner.
- Evict the tenant when informed by a law enforcement officer of drug activity by the tenant, a member of the tenant's household, or a guest of the tenant occurring in or otherwise connected with the tenant's premises.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Landlord Tenant Law Articles
- What Are A Tenant's Duties?
- What Is A Security Deposit?
- What Is Abandonment?
- What If My Landlord Doesn't Make Repairs?
- What About Drug Activity In Rental Housing?
- Does Ohio Have Fair Housing Practices?
- What Is Ownership Disclosure?
- Does Rent Control Apply In Ohio?
- Can My Landlord Enter My Premises?
- What Is Eviction?
- How Can A Lease Be Terminated?