Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: Is an Ohio lease agreement valid if it excludes the address, start date, and it is not signed by all named tenants?

The lease agreement was signed by one of three tenants named on the agreement in order to join a wait list for an apartment in March 2020. The landlord did not provide the address or start date on the lease agreement because they were not sure what units would be available at the time we would be ready to move in. One of the tenants named on the agreement is moving to another city, so none of us want to move there anymore. We called to remove ourselves from the waitlist and the landlord is saying that the lease is legally binding and that there are no lease break options, so we must carry out the lease. Can the landlord enforce this lease without providing consideration (an address) or tenancy term? Further, the agreement states that no modifications can be made to the agreement without both parties signed consent so the agreement cannot be modified to include an address or start date without all of our signatures.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: The landlord can sue the one who did sign. The court would then determine if the lease is valid with missing information and with a specific apartment not identified. It depends on what the lease says and all the circumstances in which it was signed.

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