Welcome to OHFA's resource center for renters. These tools can help you find affordable rental housing, better understand your rights as a tenant, and explore the possibility of owning your own home.
Find Affordable Rental Housing
Visit OhioHousingLocator.org to search for affordable, accessible rental housing located throughout the State of Ohio. You can use the locator to search by location, monthly rent, number of bedrooms, and accessibility features to find the perfect home for you and your family. You also can connect to other housing resources and get information on rental assistance, housing accessibility, and buying a home. Can't find what you're looking for? Check back often as new properties are added to the locator daily.
OHFA partners with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Ohio Department of Development to make this free service available to all Ohioans.
Understand Your Rights
As a renter, you have certain rights and responsibilities. Below are links to other web sites and housing-related services that can help you better understand your right to fair and safe housing. OHFA provides these links for informational purposes only. No particular endorsement of these sites by OHFA is intended or implied.
- Cleveland Tenants Organization
- Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio – Tenants Outreach
- Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio – Tenants Rights Brochure
- Information for Tenants Whose Landlord is in Foreclosure
- Ohio Civil Rights Commission
- Ohio Legal Services
- USDA Rural Development – Housing Assistance
- U.S. Department of HUD – Information for Renters
- U.S. Department of HUD – Ohio Tenant Rights Information
Utility Assistance for Residents
The Ohio Department of Development administers programs to assist households having trouble paying their home heating costs. Some income limits apply. Households should be encouraged to check out the available assistance programs on the web at http://www.development.ohio.gov/is/is_heap.htm or for further assistance call 1.800.282.0880; TDD 1.800.868.1557.
Open the Door to a Home of Your Own
OHFA offers several affordable loan options to help you achieve your dream of homeownership. OHFA offers 30-year fixed rate FHA, VA, USDA-RD and conventional mortgage loans designed especially for homebuyers with low- and moderate-incomes, with generous income and purchase price limits.