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Can landlord charge for damages...or just wait to deduct from security deposit when I move?

What you need to know
Here's what you need to know
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Type of housing?

  • Public Housing Authority
  • Housing Choice Voucher
  • Privately owner, Federally Assisted (HUD or USDA)
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit
  • Other state assistance (ODOD, ODMH, ODD)
  • Conventional Rental

Type of housing

Type of notice

 The basics
  • Landlord can charge a tenant for damages caused by action or negligence by tenant, household member, guest on the premises with tenant's permission or invitation.
  • Landlord may not refuse to make a repair caused by a tenant until the tenant pays, however, tenant is barred from taking legal action to force a repair if tenant caused the problem.
  • Landlord may deduct a damage charge from the security deposit at the end of the tenancy or may terminate the rental agreement because tenant failed to comply with 5321.05 (A) (5).
What's going on?

What's the law?
Tenant has a duty to:
(6) Personally refrain and forbid any other person who is on the premises with his permission from intentionally or negligently destroying, defacing, damaging, or removing any fixture, appliance, or other part of the premises;

Tenant has a duty to pay for damages in excess of normal wear and tear  (need a cite)

System changes
Building or property

Subpages (1): Tenant disputes charges