Landlord workshop offered

PIQUA — The city of Piqua and the Southview Neighborhood Association are teaming up to host a “Landlord/Tenant Rights and Responsibilities” workshop at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Mote Park Community Center.

If you are a landlord or a tenant and you are interested in knowing your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and/or landlord, you are welcome to attend.

The presenters are John Zimmerman, vice president of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center and Debra Lavey, senior attorney, with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Inc. (ABLE).

Lavey will present on the important rights and responsibilities of landlord and tenants under Ohio Law. She will cover leases, deposits, basic housing rules and regulations and what she is seeing as problems in the marketplace.

Zimmerman will present on fair housing basics, current trends in civil rights, and the new HUD proposed anti-harassment rule, which will be implemented in 2016.

The Ohio Tenant-Landlord Act of 1974 outlines the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords. Ohio statutes are written to protect residential tenants from unfair treatment by their landlords, but also to protect landlords from the unreasonable demands and inappropriate actions of their tenants. The Ohio Tenant-Landlord Act holds landlords to certain standards in the maintenance of residential rental units, but it also enforces the obligation of tenants to pay rent in full and when it is due.

The Southview Neighborhood Association will be providing refreshments for this event. For more information, contact Nikki Reese, Piqua Development Program Manager at 937-778-2062 or Jim Vetter, president of the Southview Neighborhood Association at 778-1696.