Ohio State campus property management company sued over security deposits

The class action lawsuit against NorthSteppe Realty was filed Friday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A property management company in the Ohio State campus area is being sued.

The class action lawsuit against NorthSteppe Realty was filed Friday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Six plaintiffs — who are either current or former students — have claimed for years that NorthSteppe systematically wronged its tenants when returning security deposits.

The lawsuit claims that NorthSteppe charges its tenants standard inflated amounts for cleaning and repairs inconsistent with the amount it owes its tenants at the end of their leases.

According to the lawsuit, under Ohio law, at the end of the lease, a landlord is only entitled to deduct actual damages from the security deposit. In other words, a landlord is not allowed to make a profit on deductions from the tenant’s security deposit.

According to its website, NorthSteppe operates hundreds of properties in the OSU campus area, Clintonville, Short North, German Village and Worthington.

Tuesday afternoon, NorthSteppe did not respond in court. 10TV contacted NorthSteppe for comment by phone and email several times and received no response.

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