1311.19 Service.

(A) Except as otherwise provided in section 1311.11 of the Revised Code and division (C) of this section, any notice, affidavit, or other document required to be served under this chapter shall be served by one of the following means:

(1) The sheriff of the county in which the person to be served resides or maintains the person's principal place of business, in one or more of the methods provided in the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. The sheriff may charge reasonable fees for such service.

(2) Certified or registered mail, overnight delivery service, hand delivery, or any other method which includes a written evidence of receipt;

(3) The means provided in division (H) of section 1701.07 of the Revised Code, if the person is a corporation.

(B) For purposes of this chapter, service is complete upon receipt by the party being served except as provided in division (H) of section 1701.07 of the Revised Code and except, for the purposes of sections 1311.05 and 1311.261 of the Revised Code, if service of a notice of furnishing is made by certified mail, service is complete on the date of the mailing. If the service is attempted upon an owner, part owner, or lessee, or designee, at the address contained in the notice of commencement required by section 1311.04 of the Revised Code, and if the notice, affidavit, or other document is returned unclaimed or refused, service is complete when first attempted.

(C) A notice, affidavit, or other document required to be served under this chapter is considered served, whether or not the notice, affidavit, or other document was served by the means described in divisions (A)(1) to (3) of this section, and service is complete on the date the notice, affidavit, or other document is received, if either of the following is true regarding the notice, affidavit, or other document:

(1) The person served acknowledges receipt of the notice, affidavit, or other document.

(2) It can be proved by a preponderance of evidence that the person being served actually received the notice, affidavit, or other document.

A notice, affidavit, or other document to which this division applies is presumed to have been received three days after the date of the mailing of the notice, affidavit, or other document, unless a written acknowledgement, receipt, or other evidence provides proof to the contrary.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003