Rent Escrow

If you live in a rental property and have problems with the condition of your residence that are affecting your health and safety, you can pursue Rent Escrow through Kettering Municipal Court. Through this legal action, you can request that your rent be paid to the Court and held in an escrow account while the problems are being fixed by your landlord. If your request is approved by a Judge, you can deposit your rent with the Court and your landlord cannot evict you while this escrow process is occurring. There is no charge to file this request, however, if approved, the Court will collect a 1% fee of the total amount deposited. Once the problems have been corrected, the landlord can request a hearing to release the escrowed rent to their possession.  

The Rent Escrow legal process must be followed correctly; otherwise, your landlord may be able to force you to leave. For detailed instructions on the Rent Escrow process, you can contact Legal Aid Line of Western Ohio 1-888-534-1432 for a copy of their brochure, “Your Rights & Duties As A Tenant.”