Cleveland, OH asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: I have no written lease with my landlord and the inspector found 21 health/safety violations. Can I move out immed?

My landlord had the meter pulled during Christmas when I owed him $15.00 dollars so I called the city inspector on him and they wrote him up for raw sewage leakage, roach and mouse infestations. He has since restored my electricity. Can I move out immediately? He is a slum lord and I do not want to give him any more money. I just want out.

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1 Lawyer Answer

Joseph Jaap

  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: A tenant can always move out. But landlord can then sue the tenant for breaking the lease and to collect rent for the remainder of the lease. If landlord files a lawsuit to collect rent after tenant moves out, the lawsuit becomes a permanent public record, even if the tenant wins, that record can make it difficult for tenant to rent from a future landlord who checks the court records. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who can negotiate a lease termination with the landlord to avoid a lawsuit.

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