Property Management Laws by State

Property Management Laws in Ohio

Must Ohio property management companies have a real estate broker's license?

YES. Key components of property management (leasing and renting) are considered real estate activities under existing Ohio real estate licensing laws. If a property manager is going to lease, rent, list, procure prospects or negotiate, assist, or offer to perform any of those acts, or if he or she operates, manages or rents any building or portions of buildings to the public as tenants (other than a custodian, caretaker or janitor) he or she will need a broker's license. A salesperson working under a broker may engage in such activities.

Are there any exceptions to the requirement that an Ohio property manager have a broker's license?

YES. Limited exceptions apply. For example, property owners are exempt.

For more information about these and other Ohio property management requirements and exceptions, please the .

Before hiring a property manager to manage your Ohio rental property, you should always check that he or she is licensed appropriately. You can check the license status of Ohio property managers using the .

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Ohio Community Association Management Licensing

There is no requirement that a community association manager or condo association manager in Ohio hold a real estate broker's license.

Ohio Real Estate Broker Licensing Requirements

Ohio real estate broker licensing requirements include:

  • Age: must be at least 18 years of age
  • High School: must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience: must have been actively engaged as a licensed real estate salesperson for an average of thirty hours a week for at least two of the last five years (including having been involved with at least 20 transactions)
  • Education: Ohio's education requirement for becoming a real estate broker is one of the more rigorous. Applicant's must show proof of having taken the following courses:
  • Exam: must pass the real estate broker examination
  • Fee: application fee is $100
  • 40 hours of prelicensing Ohio Real Estate Law
  • 40 hours of prelicensing Ohio Real Estate Principles and Practices
  • 20 hours of prelicensing Real Estate Appraisal
  • 20 hours of prelicensing Real Estate Finance
  • A Financial Management course
  • A Human Resources or Personnel Management course
  • An Applied Business Economics course
  • A Business Law course
  • And, a minimum of two years of post-secondary education, or equivalent hours of (60) sixty semester or (90) quarter hours.

Ohio Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Requirements

Ohio real estate salesperson licensing requirements include:

  • Age: must be at least 18 years of age
  • High School: must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Education: applicant's must show proof of having taken the following courses:
  • Exam: must pass the real estate salesperson examination
  • Sponsorship: must be sponsored by an Ohio broker
  • Fee: application fee is $60
  • 40 hours of prelicensing Ohio Real Estate Law
  • 40 hours of prelicensing Ohio Real Estate Principles and Practices
  • 20 hours of prelicensing Real Estate Appraisal
  • 20 hours of prelicensing Real Estate Finance

For more information about these and other licensing requirements, please the . Information specific to real estate licensing can be found on the .

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Find Property Managers Near You
Select Property Type
  • HOME / CONDO
    • Single Home or Condo (Valued up to $300K)
    • Single Home or Condo ($300K to $500K)
    • Single Home or Condo ($500K to $1 Million)
    • Single Home or Condo (Over $1 Million)
  • APARTMENT
    • Multi-Family (2-4 units)
    • Multi-Family (5-19 units)
    • Multi-Family (20-99 units)
    • Multi-Family (100+ units)
  • HOA
    • Homeowners Association (2-49 units)
    • Homeowners Association (50-99 units)
    • Homeowners Association (100+ units)
  • COA
    • Condominium Association (2-49 units)
    • Condominium Association (50-99 units)
    • Condominium Association (100+ units)
  • COMMERCIAL
    • Retail (Up to 9,999 sqft)
    • Retail (10,000 - 100,000 sqft)
    • Retail (100,000+ sqft)
    • Office (Up to 9,999 sqft)
    • Office (10,000 - 100,000 sqft)
    • Office (100,000+ sqft)
    • Warehouse/Distribution (Up to 100,000 sqft)
    • Warehouse/Distribution (100,000+ sqft)
    • Light Manufacturing (Up to 100,000 sqft)
    • Light Manufacturing (100,000+ sqft)
    • Parking Garage
    • Biotech/Mission-Critical
  • SHORT-TERM
    • Vacation (1-2 units)
    • Vacation (3+ units)
  • OTHER
    • Other Associations (Hotel, Resort etc.)
    • Mobile Home Community