Landlord/Tenant and Eviction Law

Dagger Law Real Estate Attorneys can assist you with Landlord/Tenant Law, and Eviction issues.

Being a landlord can be a beneficial source of income for many individuals. At the onset of this adventure, your business plan makes the entire situation seem easy. Buy a property, set the rent, and sit back as the money rolls in. But then your tenant claims that you have violated their rights, or perhaps they refuse to pay. Suddenly the easy work becomes complex and you aren’t sure where the lines are drawn to protect the landlord, or the tenant. 

As a landlord, you are obligated to:

  • Provide running water
  • Comply with all housing, building, health and safety laws (provide habitable housing)
  • Keep rental properties in a safe and sanitary condition
  • Make repairs in a reasonable amount of time
  • Ensure that all electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems are in good working order
  • Provide 24 hour advance notice of entry, in writing, and only enter premises at a reasonable time (respect a tenant’s privacy)
  • Comply with anti-discrimination Laws, and not retaliate against a tenant who exercises a legal right
  • Prepare a legal rental or lease agreement, in writing
  • Follow the procedures for eviction, or termination of tenancy, in an exact nature

If you are unsure of any of the areas above, or require legal representation, we recommend contacting an experienced attorney to guide you. This is particularly wise guidance when it comes to the execution of an eviction, or when you have a tenant that has been disruptive to your business plan, or destructive to your property. By seeking legal counsel early, you can potentially keep a minor issue from becoming a major issue with a simple letter from an attorney. 

Please be mindful that, in Ohio, it is never acceptable for a landlord to force a tenant to move out. An eviction lawsuit must be filed with the court, and then a sheriff is authorized to evict the tenant. Dagger Law attorneys can ensure that this process is handled efficiently, on your behalf, but depending on the circumstances these proceedings can take substantial time to finalize. Please be aware that evictions, even when everything goes well, can take 4-6 weeks before they are complete. 

A tenant is responsible for:

  • Paying the rent, when due
  • Keeping the premises clean and in a sanitary condition
  • Ensuring that no part of the property is not damaged, defaced, or destroyed, by themselves, or guests
  • Using all appliances, plumbing, and electrical fixtures properly
  • Conducting themselves, and ensuring that guests also behave, “in a manner that will not disturb his neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment of the premises” 
  • Ensuring that all reasonable requests to enter the property, by the landlord, are honored

If you believe that your landlord isn’t holding up their end of the bargain, we encourage you to continue to pay your rent, and seek legal advice. We understand that there are times where a tenant can be frustrated and feel like the only recourse they have is to withhold payment of rent until unsatisfactory conditions are met, but that course of action only encourages legal action against the tenant. A landlord’s failure to meet their obligations is best contested by paying an attorney to represent your interests. Often, a letter from an attorney is all that is needed as a wake up call. Other times you need an experienced litigator on your side. Whatever the circumstances, Dagger Law Real Estate Attorneys can assure that you get the best legal representation for your case. 

Will an attorney travel to me, or do I need to come to your offices in either Lancaster or Canal Winchester? 

While some meetings will need to be held in our offices, we do try to minimize your travel time by offering two convenient locations in both Lancaster and Canal Winchester, Ohio. It is our goal to minimize the disruption to your life caused by legal issues, and many communications or meetings can be conducted through emails or phone calls. In certain circumstances we realize that it isn’t possible for clients to reach us, and visits to your location may be required. If a Dagger Law attorney is retained to represent you, they will travel to the necessary court hearings and legal procedures in order to represent you, even if that court is across the state! Please note that in some instances the cost to represent your case may require an unusual amount of money due to travel expenses. In such cases, we may recommend using legal representation closer to the location of your case. We are happy to provide referrals in these instances, if we are able. 

Whether you reside in Columbus, Canal Winchester, or in Lancaster; we have you covered. Check out the nearest location to you by clicking HERE

Contact one of these Dagger Law Real Estate Law Attorneys for assistance.

 Brian Shonk rental, landlord tenant law, eviction attorney Lancaster and Canal Winchester Fairfield County Ohio

Brian D. Shonk, Partner

Jeff Spangler rental, landlord tenant law, eviction attorney Lancaster and Canal Winchester Fairfield County Ohio

Jeff J. Spangler, Managing Partner

Bryan Everitt rental, landlord tenant law, eviction attorney Lancaster and Canal Winchester Fairfield County Ohio

Bryan M. Everitt, Attorney