Cleveland Housing Court sets new rules to make requests to seal evictions easier

Once sealed, eviction record will no longer appear online or be available from the clerk’s office, limiting what landlords can find out about potential renters.

News Story (Ohio)

Rachel Dissell
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
December 30, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


Housing Court Judge Ron O’Leary said the rule, a first in Ohio, lays out “objective criteria” for when and how the court will consider record-sealing requests.

Thousands of eviction cases are filed each yearmore than 8,500 in 2017, but the court seldom gets requests from tenants asking for those records to be sealed, sometimes called an expungement.