March 14, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Columbus
The vast majority of evictions are filed because of nonpayment of rent, and chances are, if tenants aren’t able to pay rent, they also can’t afford a lawyer. That means many tenants are on their own in front of a magistrate, and most tenants don’t know much about the legalities of the eviction process.
“By law they have to follow the same legal steps as a lawyer, and that’s very difficult for the average person,” said Magistrate Gene Edwards, who also helps oversee Franklin County Municipal Court’s Self-Help Resource Center. “This is so overwhelming for people when they come in.”