Lake Milton, OH asked in Real Estate Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: How to stop an illegal eviction in Ohio? Please help! Emergency situation w/ children! Going to be homeless!

My landlord evicted me within 24 hours after I reported a sexual assault by a neighbor. Trying to make us move, he’s been harassing us & saying discriminating things-via text! He posted a wrong 3 day that the magistrate at court ignored & the magistrate wouldn’t let us speak without cutting us off! We couldn’t get the $ together until 2 days before court for a lawyer & there was no legal aide available. We asked the judge for a continuance & it was denied. We said we didn’t understand our legal rights & he kept going anyways. I showed a letter from attorney stating he would take case with a continuance, magistrate didn’t care. We never even got to show the proof of discrimination in court & were rushed out! Is there a way to appeal?? We have so much proof & where we live-there us no where to rent. My son is on a 504 disability program w/ school & needs to stay at this school! We have no $ to move & we will be living in our car once the sheriff shows up!! Any advice appreciated!

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Talk to the attorney who agreed to take your case about the process to object to the magistrate's decision, but if it was for non-payment of rent, you might not succeed in stopping the eviction. And if the magistrate granted the eviction, typically the tenant only has 7 days before the sheriff comes, so you must act quickly, and the eviction might proceed anyway. So contact all the local agencies that offer housing assistance to find help.

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