Franklin County Struggles To Overcome High Number Of Evictions

No one wants to end up here. Evictions are expensive for landlords, and they miss out on rent in the meantime. Tenants have to move on short notice, and a past eviction can make it hard to find a new place to stay.
Audio, News Story (Ohio)

Nick Evans
WOSU (Columbus, OH)
April 11, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Columbus


High rents aren’t confined to Central Ohio, of course. But consider New York City: Its population is bigger than Columbus by a factor of 10. But in 2015, Columbus saw more than 18,000 evictions, only about 4,000 fewer than those filed in New York.

While other Ohio counties have more evictions or a higher rate, every single one of Franklin County’s evictions—all 18,000 of them—move through one courtroom, making it the busiest in the state.

“Some days there’s 50 or so evictions, some days there’s 250. And that means that some people are waiting around all day long,” says Melissa Benson from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.