Ohio Roommate Agreement

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The Ohio roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a binding contract between two or more tenants sharing a rental property (“co-tenants”). This document describes the financial obligations, social expectations, and rules and regulations associated with the rental. All co-tenants must sign the contract in accordance with Ohio state law.

This is a way to share the cost of the rent and utilities in a space that is larger than the original tenant may be able to manage alone. 

What to Include in an Ohio Roommate Agreement

  • The date of the agreement.
  • The names of all of the roommates. 
  • The terms of the lease, which will include whether pets are permitted and whether smoking on the property is permitted.
  • The possibility of renewing the lease or getting added onto it.
  • How much rent each roommate will be responsible for paying.
  • How the security deposit is being divided. 
  • How the utilities and other house expenses will be paid.
  • The house rules that must be followed. This can include keeping a vegan kitchen, a cleaning schedule, and eating food that is in the house.
  • The signature of every roommate. 

Roommate’s Rights in Ohio 

In the state of Ohio, the roommates that sign a room rental agreement are going to have fewer rights than the primary tenant. The question to be asked is whether the roommates are considered co-tenants or subtenants. A co-tenant who deals with the landlord will have the same legal rights with this type of agreement. They have the right to a habitable unit, reasonable repairs, and to live without harassment and discrimination. A subtenant, who turns their rent into the master tenant will have rights, but not as many. In this situation, the master roommate is considered the landlord, and they will need to address any issues that the other roommates have with the landlord to take care of it.