News Story (Ohio)
Akron Beacon Journal
December 25, 2019
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Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Aid (Central Northeast Ohio)
Recognizing Fair Housing’s advocacy around challenges for renters, Akron Municipal Court invited Green-Hull, as well as Community Legal Aid and the legal clinic at the University of Akron, to train magistrates and judges in May on the public policy impact of evictions. From that experience, Green-Hull and judges launched discussions with Akron’s Eviction Task Force, culminating in the proposed transparency requirements for landlords.
Nonprofit partners on the legal side pushed for changes on sealing eviction cases. Under the proposed changes, a judge who dismisses an eviction case or rules in the tenant’s favor could directly seal the court entry.
The landlord could also apply to have eviction cases sealed for a specific tenant once every three years. And if the judge grants the eviction, tenants could apply for the matter to be sealed if “extenuating circumstances led to the eviction” and three years have passed with no new evictions judgments against them.