Ohio 3 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 15, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Ohio 3 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for intentionally causing property damage or committing illegal activity. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within three (3) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays of receiving notice).

When To Use an Ohio 3 Day Notice To Vacate

An Ohio 3 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Intentional property damage
  • Illegal drug activity
  • Allowed a registered sex offender to reside at premises located within 1000 feet of a facility where children are present
This form of notice may also be used to terminate an expired lease, or a rental situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly.

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 Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To 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
  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 Vacate

Ohio landlords may deliver a Notice To Vacate using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Posting at a conspicuous place on the premises, such as the entry door
  3. Delivery by certified mail

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

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.