The only way to evict a tenant in Ohio is through the court system. It is illegal for a landlord to do any of the following to remove a tenant from their property:
- Physically forcing the tenant out of the property
- Threatening to hurt the tenant if the tenant does not leave
- Removing the tenant’s things without permission
- Turning off utilities (gas, electric, water) at the property
- Changing the locks
- Altering the property to make it unlivable
If the landlord engages in any of the activities above, the court may award the tenant damages and attorney fees.