Ohio Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Ohio state landlords can raise rent as long as they give reasonable notice.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Ohio landlords must provide 60 days notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Ohio state landlords may charge whichever is larger of $30 or 10% of the rent.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

The state of Ohio has no rent control legislation making it possible for a landlord to raise rent as he/she sees fit so long as tenants are given reasonable notice before they sign the lease or renewal agreement.

When is it illegal to raise rent?

It is illegal for a landlord to increase rent based on the age, sex, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant. It is also illegal for a landlord to raise rent in retaliation when a tenant files a complaint regarding the health or safety of the property unless this issue was caused by the tenant (ORSA 5321.05).

Is there a rent increase limit?

The state provides no regulation of rent increases in the state of Ohio.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

If there is no lease, the landlord must provide a 30-Day Notice before increasing rent. Likewise, a landlord is required to provide a reasonable notice when seeking to raise rent at the time of a lease renewal.

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

The state provides no guidance on the number of times rent may be increased.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Late fees are not regulated by the state. However, court rulings indicate that they should be realistically connected to cost incurred by the landlord when rent is late.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

In the state of Ohio the landlord may attach fees for a bounced check of the larger of $30 or 10% of the rent check (ORSA 1319.16).

Cities in the State With Rent Control

There are currently no cities with rent control legislation in the state.