Napoleon, OH asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: What rights as a tenant do I have after moving out of almost 5 years? Like how much is my responsibility?

I’m charged over 13,000$

Deposit, rent credits so it’s 10,900

But I feel charged are extremely excessively high

Like paint 600$ Carpet? New doors, trim?

So where would I stand?

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

A: A tenant is only responsible for any damages beyond normal wear and tear. A landlord must give tenant an itemized list of damage within 30 days after tenant vacates. If tenant refuses to pay, then landlord can sue, but landlord must prove that the damage exceeds normal wear and tear. Routine painting and carpet replacement after a long-term tenant moves out, would likely be normal wear and tear. If there was a move-in inspection report or photos at move-in to show the condition before, those would be helpful to compare to the condition at move-out. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the situation and respond to landlord on your behalf.

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