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Ohio Landlord/Tenant Law: Conditions/Rent Escrow

This guide provides an overview of landlord/tenant law in Ohio.

Resources at the Hamilton County Law Library

About this Guide

This guide is intended to provide basic information about conditions issues and rent escrow under Ohio law.

DisclaimerHamilton County Law Library staff, as a service to its patrons, provides reference services and information, including these research guides. To protect the public interest, Ohio law requires that legal advice and services be rendered only by qualified attorneys who are subject to the guidelines of the courts. Library staff members do not interpret the law, provide legal advice, or explain court procedures. The information provided is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney.  None of our services shall be construed as giving legal advice.

Ohio Statutes


O.R.C. § 5321.04 - Landlord Obligations

O.R.C. § 5321.05 - Tenant Obligations 

Rent Depositing and Remedies

O.R.C. § 5321.07 - Failure of Landlord to Fulfill Obligations - remedies of tenant

O.R.C. § 5321.08 - Rent Deposits - duty of clerk of court

O.R.C. § 5321.09 - Landlord Application for Release of Rent 

O.R.C. § 5321.10 - Release of Part of Rent

O.R.C. § 5321.11 - Failure of Tenant to Fulfill Obligations - remedies of landlord

O.R.C. § 5321.02 - Retaliatory Action by Landlord Prohibited

Information about Conditions/Rent Escrow

Below you will find some basic information about conditions issues and rent esrow.

Landlord-Tenant: Rent Escrow - Ohio Legal Services

Tenant/Landlord Rights and Obligations - OSBA

Hamilton County Clerk of Courts - Rent Escrow Information

Tenant's Guide to Rent Escrow - Hamilton County Muncipal Court Help Center/Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati


Forms and Procedures

Municipal Codes

Below you will find ways to access city ordinances/municipal codes for cities in Hamilton County, Ohio.

Cincinnati Municipal Code (Housing Code is located in Title XI Chapter 1117)

City Ordinances for Hamilton County

Subject Guide

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Useful Contact Information

Hamilton County Municipal Court 
Municipal Civil Division - 
Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Rent Escrow 513.946.5738
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