Columbus, OH asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: Using a residential lease nonrenewal to retaliate in Ohio. Is there anything I can do?

I sued my landlord for unconscionable clauses in a lease and they are retalitating by not renewing my lease. The landlord kept increasing charges in the middle of yearly leases. I told them its illegal in Ohio w/o an addendum that both parties agree on. I took them to court but as a pro se plaintiff missed a notice deadline from the judge so it was thrown out of court last month. Today my landlords lawyer( the same ones that were representing them in the case) placed a notice on my door that I cant renew my lease. Ive lived here 10 yrs and have never been late with rent( meanwhile they are working with/ have payment plans with tenants who are struggling to pay rent so I know its retaliation). What can I do since they are using a nonrenewal to retaliate?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
  • Canton, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Not a darn thing. There is nothing in the law that compels a person to renew a lease once the term is ended. Leases are at their core, contracts. Alternatively, they could agree to renew but at a greatly inflated rate. There would be nothing to stop that either,

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