The new Ohio Landlord-Tenant Act is the legislature's attempt at correcting the imbalance between landlord and tenant. This new law is Ohio's unique adaptation of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The thrust of the new act is to abrogate the Ohio common law of caveat emptor and independent covenants and reinterpret residential leases in light of modem contract law.

The purpose of this article is to acquaint the reader with the newly defined rights, duties and remedies of the landlord and the tenant. Analysis will be placed on: (1) Ohio case law prior to the act; (2) similar provisions of URLTA, and (3) comparative case and statutes in other jurisdictions emphasizing the new trend in landlord-tenant relations.