Forms & Letters

Failure to Return Security Deposit

Your landlord can only withhold from the security deposit for anything above and beyond normal wear and tear. If they do, they have to provide to you an itemization of deductions including receipts and/or invoices for work done.

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Fair Housing - Families with Children

The Federal Fair Housing Law, as amended in 1988, recognizes familial status as a protected class.

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Fair Housing - Request for Modification Due to Disability

Federal Fair Housing Law, amended in 1988, recognizes handicapped individuals as a protected class. You can ask for modifications to make your dwelling accessible and habitable.

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Fair Housing - Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as "deliberate or repeated unsolicited verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature which are unwelcome." It is illegal for your landlord to demand sex or sexual favors for rent.

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Improper Rent Increase During a Lease Period

Your landlord must give you minimally 30 days-notice before increasing the rent in a month to month tenancy, or wait until the renewal of the lease if a lease is in place.

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Inadequate Heat

our landlord has to supply reasonable amounts of heat at all times. The minimum standards are set by the city in which you live. Call your local Building and Housing Department to find out.

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Inadequate Heat - City Code Cited

Your landlord has to supply reasonable amounts of heat at all times. The minimum standards are set by the city in which you live. Call your local Building and Housing Department to find out.

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Insufficient Notice of Change in Rental Agreement

Your landlord has to give you at least 30 days-notice before changing the rental agreement in a month to month tenancy.

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Insufficient Notice to Terminate Rental Agreement

Your landlord must give you at least 30 days-notice before terminating the rental agreement in a month to month tenancy.

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Property Sold - Notice to Return Security Deposit

The Ohio Landlord Tenant Law obligates the landlord to return the security deposit and/or a written itemization of any deductions from the security deposit within thirty (30) days of the termination of a rental agreement.

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Quiet Enjoyment Letter to Landlord

Your landlord does have a responsibility under the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law to address noisy and unruly neighbors who are also tenants.

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Quiet Enjoyment Letter to Neighbor (City Code)

Your landlord does have a responsibility under the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law to address noisy and unruly neighbors who are also tenants.

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Quiet Enjoyment Letter to Neighbor (Cleveland)

Your landlord does have a responsibility under the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law to address noisy and unruly neighbors who are also tenants. You can also address this behavior with your neighbor.

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Receipt of Notice to Correct Conditions

The Ohio Landlord Tenant Law requires that a landlord provide a tenant with a thirty (30) day notice to terminate a rental agreement for a violation of a tenant obligation required under ORC 5321.05.

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Retaliatory Notice to Vacate

A landlord cannot retaliate against a tenant by asking the tenant to vacate because the tenant asked for a repair or other issue related to the tenancy.

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Retaliatory Rent Increase

A landlord cannot retaliate against a tenant by increasing the rent because the tenant asked for a repair or other issue related to the tenancy.

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Retaliatory Service Decrease

A landlord cannot retaliate against a tenant by decreasing services because the tenant asked for a repair or other issue related to the tenancy.

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Retaliatory Threat to Evict

A landlord cannot retaliate against by threatening to evict because the tenant asked for a repair or other issue related to the tenancy.

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Security Deposit Returned - Wrongful Deductions

Your landlord can only withhold from the security deposit for anything above and beyond normal wear and tear.

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Self-Help Eviction

A landlord cannot force a tenant from the premises through any means, other than legally bringing an eviction action.

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Tenant Paid Utilities

Tenants may be required to pay for utilities which provide heat and hot water if the installation for generating heat or hot water is under the exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct connection from a public utility.

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Tenant Vacate Security Notice

If planning to move, the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law requires that a tenant with a month-to-month agreement provide the landlord with at least thirty (30) day notice before the next rent due date. 

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Utility Shut Off Notice to Landlord

The landlord is responsible for paying the utility which supplies hot water or heat when the rental agreement states so, or there is only one utility meter reading the utility usage for more than one dwelling unit, or the landlord has paid for the utility

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Violation of 24 Hour Notice

Your landlord has to provide to you at least 24 hours-notice before entering the unit, and the tenant has to give consent before the landlord is allowed to enter.

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Water Shut Off Notice

In the City of Cleveland, the landlord is responsible for paying for the water.  Since the landlord is responsible and the water is scheduled to be shut off, tenants may utilize the rent depositing process to prevent the shut-off or have the utility servi

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Notice to Correct Conditions

Providing your landlord a notice to correct conditions is the first step in legally holding your landlord accountable.

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