How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Ohio

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Ohio

Last Updated: March 14, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

In Ohio, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in Ohio?

In Ohio, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in Ohio?

In Ohio, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

For a 3 Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent, the eviction notice for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in Ohio, rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Ohio

Ohio landlords may deliver an eviction notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Leaving the notice at the tenant’s premises or current residence
  3. Delivery by certified mail

Mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

An Ohio eviction notice is NOT COMPLETE unless it contains a note with the following language:

You are being asked to leave the premises. If you do not leave, an eviction action may be initiated against you. If you are in doubt regarding your legal rights and obligations as a tenant, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Ohio 

Landlords can show proof that the notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery
  • Leaving Notice at the Premises – by taking a photograph and completing a Declaration of Service
  • Certified Mail – return receipt and completing a Declaration of Service

Ohio Eviction and Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
3 Day Notice To Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
3 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
30 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Eviction for Health/Safety Violation
3 Day Notice To Vacate Eviction for Criminal, Illegal Activity
7 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
30 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Monthly / Yearly Lease