If you are experiencing problems with the condition of your rental property, you must notify your landlord of the problems in writing as soon as possible. Obtain proof that you delivered this notice and keep a copy of the letter for your records. In addition, take pictures or video of the problem you are experiencing in case you need to prove that the problem existed. A landlord is required to conduct the necessary repair within a reasonable time of receiving notice of the problem. Generally, a “reasonable time” is approximately thirty (30) days unless the issue is urgent. What if my landlord does not fix the problem after I provided written notice? If you have provided written notice and your landlord has not taken any steps to resolve the problem within a reasonable period of time, you have the right to deposit your rent with the Athens County Municipal Court through a process known as “Rent Escrow”. What must I do in order to be eligible to deposit my rent with the court also known as “rent escrow”? You must do the following:
- Provide written notice to your landlord of the problem;
- Allow the landlord reasonable time (usually at least 30 days except in case of urgent repairs) to address the problem*;
- You must be current in your rental payments; and
- You must pay your rent on or before your rental due date.