Karen Doty


In Ohio, home buyers have several means available to protect their investment and assure themselves of getting their money's worth. First, and foremost, the Ohio courts, while not mandating either implied warranties of habitability or strict liability, have offered some protection to the consumer in holding builders to a standard of workmanship commensurate with that prevailing in the trade locally. Ohio courts also recognize collateral covenants with regard to construction that do not merge with the deed when title is transferred.