How to Break a Lease in Ohio
Breaking a lease is when a renter vacates a property or site before the end of their rental agreement, or they leave without notice. In such situations, if the landlord is forced to use their money to offset certain costs, the renter is supposed to pay them back. These fees are known as rent-break fees and include charges such as the remaining rent, or the cost of advertising and re-letting the property.
Nevertheless, in some situations, the renter can legally end their lease without penalty. If you want to break your lease in Ohio but do not want to incur any surprise charges or legal trouble while doing so, DoNotPay is the perfect solution for you. In addition, DoNotPay can provide you with additional information on how breaking your lease may impact your credit, how much it will cost you to break your lease, and legal reasons to break your lease. Read on for more information.
When Breaking a Lease Is Justified in Ohio
In Ohio, you may be allowed to move out without penalty before your lease is up, under the following situations:
1. You are on active military duty
According to the War and National Defense Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50, you can break a lease under federal law if you join active military service after signing a lease. However, you must give your landlord a notice to break the lease, clearly stating your reason.
2. The rental unit is not safe
If your landlord fails to provide habitable housing as per the local and state housing codes, then you have the right to end your tenancy without paying any penalties.
3. Your landlord harasses you
The state law in Ohio requires your landlord to give you a 24-hour notice before entering your rental property. If your landlord does not respect your privacy rights, repeatedly changes your doors and windows as they please, or changes your locks without your consent, you have the right to terminate your lease.
4. The landlord's duty to re-rent in Ohio
If you have no legal grounds to break your lease, the good news is that in Ohio, your landlord must make an effort to re-rent your apartment, notwithstanding your reason for leaving. This means you can still get off the hook even after breaking your lease.
Reasons That Cannot Be Used to Break a Lease in Ohio
While there are many justifiable reasons under Ohio law to break your lease, you cannot legally end your lease agreement under the following situations:
- You want to move into your newly purchased home
- You are moving closer to your family
- You are moving jobs or enrolling in a learning institution
If one of these situations, or many others, apply to you, you will have to talk with your landlord to explain why you still should be allowed to move out early.
What Are the Consequences of Illegally Breaking a Lease?
What happens when you break a lease in Ohio depends on the circumstances. The following are four problems you can run into if you move out without informing your landlord:
- Your landlord could sue you for money owed
- Your landlord could sue you for breaking the lease
- Other landlords could find it hard to trust you as their tenant
- This move could negatively affect your credit score
Lease Termination Notice Requirements in Ohio
Depending on your lease type, here is the amount of notice you need to give in the state of Ohio:
|Rent Payment||Notice Time||Statute|
|Week-to-week||7 days||Ohio Revised Code 5321.17 (a)|
|Month-to-month||30 days||Ohio Revised Code 5321.17 (b)|
|Year-to-year||No statute||No statute|
How to Break a Lease in Ohio on Your Own
The first thing to do if you want to break your lease in Ohio is to make sure you have everything in writing. Write to your landlord, clearly stating your reasons for ending the lease, instead of talking over the phone. You should also have sufficient evidence to show that you are breaking the lease legally. Keep copies of your lease agreement, your repair bills, and any other forms of communication between you and your landlord.
Take and save photographs of the condition of the apartment before you leave to avoid paying for damage that you did not cause. If you have no legal reason to break your lease, you can speak to your landlord about re-renting or subletting.
However, doing this on your own is not easy, since it involves a lot of back and forth between you and your landlord. The good news, however, is that DoNotPay can help you break your lease easily and efficiently.
How to Break a Lease in Ohio With DoNotPay
If you’re breaking a lease in Ohio but do not know where to start, DoNotPay can help you get started in 3 easy steps:
- Search Break My Lease on DoNotPay.
- Prepare a signed copy of your lease that you can use as a reference, and enter the state the lease was signed in.
- Let us guide you through the 4 potential options.
DoNotPay will then solve your problem in one of the following ways:
- If you're a uniformed service member breaking a lease to fulfill your service obligations, we'll send your landlord an SCRA Protection Letter.
- If you're breaking your lease for a reason protected by your state's tenant laws, we'll write your landlord a letter detailing your protections for breaking the lease under the relevant law.
- If your reasons for breaking your lease aren't protected by federal or state law, but you'd like to try to convince your landlord to let you break the lease through mutual agreement, we'll draft a hardship letter making your case to your landlord.
- If there are no remaining options for breaking the lease with protection, but your state requires landlords to mitigate damages to tenants who break their leases, we'll notify your landlord of that obligation and minimize the remaining rent you have to pay.
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- Educating you on breach of contract
- Educating you on how to reduce property taxes
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