An Ohio lease termination letter (30-day notice) is a legal document used by either landlords or tenants to end a month-to-month rental agreement. It requires a 30-day notice period for vacating the property and specifies an address for returning the security deposit, provided the premises have only normal wear and tear.
This notice also mandates the return of keys and the scheduling of a property inspection before moving out. If the tenant fails to vacate within this period, the landlord has the right to initiate legal proceedings for eviction.
Governing Law — § 5321.17(B).
Tenancy Length — Less than 1 year.
Reasons to Use a 30-Day Notice to Vacate
The 30-day notice period in month-to-month rental agreements fulfills multiple functions, including:
- Change in Personal Circumstances: Tenants might choose to end a tenancy due to changes in personal circumstances such as relocating for a job, family reasons, purchasing a home, or needing to move to a different area for lifestyle or financial reasons.
- Property Sale or Renovation: Landlords may decide to end a month-to-month tenancy if they plan to sell the property, undergo major renovations, or repurpose the property for non-rental uses.
- Preventing Automatic Renewal: In Ohio, if a notice is not given, the lease could automatically renew, leading to an extended tenancy that might not be desirable for one or both parties.