Table of Contents:
- Download a Free Ohio Rental Application
- Ohio Statistic/Specifics
- Federal Law
1. Download a Free Ohio Rental Application
Download: Word (.docx)
An Ohio Lease or Rental Application is a form used by Ohio landlords to screen and vet potential tenants to determine whether they are reliable and able pay rent in a timely manner.
Ohio Rental/Lease Application PDF Sample
The sample Ohio rental/lease application below details a request from the prospective tenant to the landlord, ‘Ramon J Frank’. The application gives Ramon J Frank valuable data about the possible tenant, including biographical information, residence history, and sources of income.Rental Application
2. Ohio Statistic/Specifics
Of the 3,059 discrimination cases handed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in 2016, approximately 14% were housing cases.
Ohio imposes/requires unique requirements on landlords screening potential/future tenants and tenants rights under the screening process. For example, Ohio Statute provides for the following:
The Ohio Attorney general lays out a recommendations for Ohio landlords when screening tenants:
- Prepare written, objective policies detailing the criteria for approval,
- Train all assistants on relevant housing policies,
- Keep up-to-date applications,
- Keep records.
A Landlord may search for eviction proceedings commenced against a tenant up to seven (7) years before the application.
The Ohio Department of Corrections records felony convictions from 1990 onwards.
Ohio landlords are not required to return application fees, however, they may still recommended they do so.
Timeframe to File Complaint
In order to file a timely complaint in Ohio, a charge of discrimination must be filed if the act of discrimination happened within one (1) year from the date of filing. (§4112-3-01)
After the filing of a discrimination charge, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission has one year to complete the investigation. (§4112-6-01)
3. Federal Law
Regardless of your state, the federally-mandated Fair Housing Act offers uniform protection for all buyers and renters from landlord and seller discrimination. The Fair Housing Act provides against landlord discrimination based on:
- National origin
- Color of skin
- Familial status
Landlords may however inquire into certain objective criteria to determine whether tenants are a fit to rent and pay rent in a trustworthy and timely manner. Landlords can screen a potential tenant by searching:
- Employer or past employer’s name, address and contact information
- Current or past landlords and rental or eviction history
- Salary specifics as provided through pay stubs or proof of income
- Credit history and information on checkings or savings accounts
- Sex offender registry
- Rental or personal references
- Criminal history
The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) and the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act govern credit reporting and inquiry by landlords and sellers. Both acts affect tenant screening by requiring:
Written, oral, or electronic notice of any adverse action taken by a landlord after reviewing a tenant screening report.
Consumer Report Details
The name, address and number of the consumer reporting agency that provided the report to the landlord. Landlord must also provide disclosure of the numerical credit score and information (score range, score factors, score date) for applicant perusal.
Copy and Opportunity to Dispute
Landlord provide applying tenant with a copy of the screening report, and an opportunity to dispute the completeness and accuracy of the report.