Escrow is a process available to residential Tenants when Landlords do not make requested repairs to the residential property. The Tenant deposits the monthly rent with the Court. The Landlord then files for release of the funds, usually once the repairs are completed.
For a step by step guide, read the Self Help Center’s Rent Escrow Brochure.
For more complete information, visit the Franklin County Clerk’s Rent Escrow Information page.
Residential Landlords have a duty to make repairs when:
1. Any problems with the housing that “materially affect your health and safety” and violate local building, housing, or health and safety codes; Such as: broken windows, roof leaks, peeling paint and/or plaster, mice, rats, roaches, rubbish in your yard, lack of smoke detector or smoke alarms.
2. Any problems with the housing that make it unlivable.
3. Any defects in the hallway and/or stairway that could pose a danger to you or your guests; Such as: unsafe gas or electric heaters and appliances.
4. Any electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating or air conditioning systems that are not working properly and pose a danger to you or your guests; Such as: unsafe gas or electric heaters and appliances.
5. Plumbing or heating systems that are not working properly, leaving you without running water, hot water, or adequate heat for any period of time.
6. Broken and unusable garbage cans that are shared by four or more apartments in the same building.