Ohio law requires all owners of residential rental property to...

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Many #landlords are unaware that Ohio law requires all owners of residential rental property to register with the county auditor. If the property owner is located out of state, the landlord must also designate an in-state agent to accept service of process.

In Franklin County, Auditor Clarence Mingo recently announced that he would triple the penalty for non-compliance to the maximum allowed by law.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Tired of absentee and other landlords not registering their properties, as required by law, Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo will be raising the fine for not registering to its maximum level.

“We are trying to induce greater compliance among rental property owners and wanting them to understand they have to register,” Mingo said Thursday.

The fine for not registering rental properties is $50, but Mingo is raising that to $150 — the most the law allows — beginning in December 2018 when property tax bills due in 2019 are mailed.

Originally posted by @Jonah Wilson :

Many #landlords are unaware that Ohio law requires all owners of residential rental property to register with the county auditor. If the property owner is located out of state, the landlord must also designate an in-state agent to accept service of process.

In Franklin County, Auditor Clarence Mingo recently announced that he would triple the penalty for non-compliance to the maximum allowed by law.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Tired of absentee and other landlords not registering their properties, as required by law, Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo will be raising the fine for not registering to its maximum level.

“We are trying to induce greater compliance among rental property owners and wanting them to understand they have to register,” Mingo said Thursday.

The fine for not registering rental properties is $50, but Mingo is raising that to $150 — the most the law allows — beginning in December 2018 when property tax bills due in 2019 are mailed.

I am not aware of this being a state law, but I know other counties do have this. Cuyahoga County, for example, has a form that needs to be filled out, but Lake County does not. It sounds about the same. It designates the property, owner, and in-state management. Your management company should have been taking care of this? It is free to fill out the form (at least in Cuyahoga County) and it only needs to be completed one time as long as the owner remains the same.

Cuyahoga County also increased their fees as well. I am also surprised when I hear that landlords do not do these forms. They literally take a minute and costs nothing and never have to be done again!

Of course, I may be wrong on the state law part. Sorry if I am.

Tom Ott, Real Estate Agent in OH (#2016003865)
440-749-4043

I know many Ohio Counties have these forms. One key thing is that most counties do not charge for them. If they do charge, this could be considered an illegal fee, or at least something that the Apartment Association and REIA try and fight and prevent as an undue burden on rental owners and landlords. They have had success fighting some of this where unreasonable and they do have an effective lobby.

I would contact Charles Tassell with the Greater Cincinnati Apartment Association. He is a lobbyist for them and represents a lot of Ohio landlords. He also is very well connected in the statehouse and many city halls in the state. At the very minimum he can work to make sure that cities and townships in Ohio are responsible to landlord needs.

I think many owners don't do it because they are unaware it is required.  I have been looking at property in OH and had NO idea that it had to be registered.  I learned that by accident while reading another post unrelated to the topic, and it was brought up.

With so many rules in every state/county, it really does help to have a forum like this to consult.  Honestly, I never knew what I didn't know to ask about....lol.  It's a double blind.  Obviously once known, of course I would take the time to complete the form.

We take care of this automatically for all of our clients (property owners).

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