3704.162 Rescinding transaction for violation.

(A) For a violation of division (C)(2) or (3) of section 3704.16 of the Revised Code, a purchaser, renter, or lessee of a motor vehicle or a person who rents or leases a motor vehicle to a renter or lessee has a cause of action and is entitled to rescission of the transaction, recovery of actual damages, or both. In any action for rescission of the transaction, rescission shall occur within a reasonable amount of time after the purchaser, renter, or lessee or person who rents or leases a motor vehicle to a renter or lessee discovers or should have discovered the grounds for rescission.

(B) For a violation of division (C)(3) of section 3704.16 of the Revised Code, a purchaser, renter, or lessee of a motor vehicle or a person who rents or leases a motor vehicle to a renter or lessee may seek a declaratory judgment, an injunction, or other appropriate relief.

(C) In any action brought under division (A) or (B) of this section, the court may award to the prevailing party reasonable attorney's fees limited to the work reasonably performed if either of the following applies:

(1) The purchaser, renter, or lessee or person who rents or leases a motor vehicle to a renter or lessee has brought or maintained a groundless action and has filed the action in bad faith;

(2) The purchaser, renter, or lessee or person who rents or leases a motor vehicle to a renter or lessee has knowingly violated division (C)(3) of section 3704.16 of the Revised Code in regard to the violation on which the action is based.

Cite as R.C. § 3704.162

History. Effective Date: 09-27-1993