Ohio 3 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Last Updated: March 15, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Ohio 3 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for a lease violation, such as parking in an unauthorized area. The tenant must take appropriate corrective action or move out within three (3) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or holidays) of receiving notice.

When To Use an Ohio 3 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

A 3 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate begins the eviction process in Ohio:

  • Parking in an unauthorized area
  • Refusal to allow the landlord lawful access to the property
  • Occupancy violations
  • Other lease violations

Some types of Ohio lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write an Ohio 3 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Comply or Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy, and the corrective action(s) required to avoid termination
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve an Ohio 3 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Ohio landlords may deliver a Notice To Comply or Vacate 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.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.