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Ohio Landlord/Tenant Law: Subsidized Housing

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 legal issues related to federally subsidized (assisted) housing in Ohio. Significant additional rules exist for assisted housing tenancies in addition to Ohio's Landlord-Tenant laws.

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.

Public Housing

Some Relevant Statutes and Regulations:

42 U.S.C. § 1437 et seq. - General Program of Assisted Housing

24 C.F.R. Part 960 - Admission to and Occupancy of Public Housing

24 C.F.R. Part 966 - Public Housing Lease and Grievance Procedure


Public Housing Fact Sheet - Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Public Housing - Ohio Legal Services

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Asset Management


Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

Some Relevant Statutes and Regulations:

42 U.S.C. § 1437f - Low Income Housing Assistance

24 C.F.R. Part 982 - Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance: Housing Choice Voucher Program


Housing Choice Voucher Fact Sheet - HUD

Forms and Guidebooks - HUD

Housing Choice Voucher Resources - HUD

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Housing Choice Voucher

CMHA - Landlords


Project Based Section 8

Some Relevant Statutes and Regulations:

24 C.F.R. Part 983 - Project Based Voucher Program


Project Based Section 8 - HUD

Cincinnati Metropolian Housing Authority (CMHA): Project Based Assistance

Evictions: Requirements and Defenses

There are additional requirements for landlords to evict tenants from federally subsidized housing, including evicting tenants who hold Section 8 vouchers, and additional defenses to eviction.  There are also specific requirements for termination of  a Section 8 voucher. Much of this information can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Some relevant regulations include:

Public Housing: 

24 C.F.R. § 966.4(l) - Termination of Tenancy and Eviction

24 C.F.R. Part 247 - Eviction from Certain Subsidized and HUD-Owned Projects

Housing Choice Voucher: 

24 C.F.R. § 982.310 - Owner Termination of Tenancy

24 C.F.R. 982 Subpart L - Family Obligations; Denial and Termination of Assistance.

Many eviction defenses are also provided or supported by federal and/or Ohio case law. For a summary, see, Ohio Eviction and Landlord-Tenant Law (4th ed.) by Peter Iskin, available in the Hamilton County Law Library.

Domestic Violence and Subsidized Housing

Some Relevant Statutes:

42 U.S.C. § 1437d(l) - Leases; terms and conditions; maintenance; termination

42 U.S.C. § 1437f - Low Income Housing Assistance

24 C.F.R. §§ 5.2001-5.2011 - Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking in Public and Section 8 Housing


Maintaining Safe and Stable Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors - National Housing Law Project

HUD Rules under Violence Against Women Act  - HUD

VAWA Guidance for Project-Based Section 8 Owners - National Housing Law Project (Housing Law Bulletin)

Reasonable Accommodations for People with Disabilities

Below you wil find some information about fair housing and reasonable accomodations.

Fair Housing Act

Information about the Fair Housing Act - HUD

HUD Documents on Reasonable Accommodation - National Housing Law Project

HUD/DOJ Joint Statement on Reasonable Accommodation under the Fair Housing Act

Other Issues

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Useful Contact Information

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410
Public and Indian Housing Customer Service Center:

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)
Leasing Office
1635 Western Ave.,
Cincinnati, OH 45214
513.421.CMHA (2642)‚Äč

Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority
65 South Market Street
Batavia, Ohio 45103
Telephone: (513) 732-6010

Butler Metropolitan Housing Authority
4110 Hamilton-Middletown Rd.
Hamilton OH 45011-6218
Phone: 513-896-4411

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