Ohio Anticipates Eviction Crisis

Property managers are on the other side of eviction hearings. Lisa is a manager for an apartment complex in Finneytown, who said her community had been hit hard by the pandemic, but business still has to carry on.

"We're human and understand what the people are going through," she said. "But on the opposite end of the job, we have to do our job, and it's a sad situation all around," she said. 

In Akron, Community Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm that serves people living in low-income housing across eight counties in Northeast Ohio. Managing Attorney for housing John Petit said they are expecting a significant rise in eviction cases in Summit, Stark, and Mahoning counties over the next few months.

He said as this widespread issue is addressed, it's important that landlords play ball.

"They need to make sure the landlord is on board with dismissing the eviction," Petit said. "Legally, they could accept money for the past rent, but still say they are behind on the current rent and still go forward with the eviction."

Ohioans who are facing eviction and need assistance understanding their rights or what to expect in court can find useful information on the Ohio Legal Help website. The site has access to legal forms, referrals to attorneys, and more — all at no cost. Just visit the website and search "Renter Protections."

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