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Ohio doesn't have any specific statute regarding abandoned property. BUT, unfortunately, you won't be able to simply keep it or throw it away without giving the tenant notice and giving the tenant an opportunity to come get it. To protect yourself, you want to give the tenant written notice of typically 30 days to pick up the property or it will be considered forfeited. The notice can require the tenant to be responsible for the cost of storage. Then, if the tenant fails to come get it, you can do whatever you choose with it. If the tenant's deposit is not sufficient to cover any damages caused, you will want to file suit against the tenant to collect the shortfall. Filing the suit will give you the collection options and leverage you need to collect the debt owed you. That's because once the suit is filed and a judgment awarded, you become a judgment creditor, and if he doesn’t then pay the judgment, you can have the sheriff serve a summons on him for a debtor examination. That forces him to meet you in court again and answer questions under oath about his assets. After that information is obtained, you have the power to garnish wages, attach bank accounts, have the sheriff seize other personal property, and/or place liens on any non-homestead property he owns to satisfy the judgment.
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