Posted by Anna on August 05, 1999 at 11:56:57:
In Reply to: Security Deposit for a room? posted by Robin Minnich on August 04, 1999 at 20:58:55:
: My son has moved into a 4-bedroom house with two other people who's names
: are on the lease. (My son's is not on the lease.) His room is $250/month
: and they are asking for a $300 deposit. What are his legal rights in getting
: his deposit refunded? What are the rights of a "renter of a renter"? Should
: we go to a real estate lawyer and have a special clause written up for the
: "leasee's" to sign? He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. We just need some advice
: from someone who knows more about this than us.
: Thanks for any info.
Yes: try to get a written lease, generally available in bookstores or stationery stores. Generally: your son is a sub-tenant of the two people on the lease: they are his 'landlord', he is their tenant. In NY, they must obey all landlord laws, including security deposit. Probably same thing in Ohio.
If your son is a student, he can probably get info/referrals at his school's Off-Campus Housing Office.
For now: read the summaries of Ohio L&T law on TenantNet Home http://tenant.net/index.html (select Ohio from the drop-down menu, click GO).
Also: try using the search feature on this message board for 'Ohio'.
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