Cincinnati, OH asked in Civil Rights for Ohio

Q: What are my legal rights as tenant in Cincinnati Ohio if I can't afford my rent any more due to loss of job due covid19

Most recently laid off due to covid19 pandemic. Girlfriend hours reduced 50%(roommate). We can no longer afford the rent and asked the landlord if we can pro rate our rent until this pandemic passes. They said no by law they are not required to. We even suggested that they can apply rent we can't afford during this time to future payments spread out over 12 months extending our lease. That is when we get back to double income coming in. The landlord has posted notices all over the complex stating Rent is due as scheduled and a late fee will be applied if not paid in full. I most recent saw on TV that landlords are not allowed to pose a late fee or order an eviction for the next 90 days according to the National Government guidelines. is this true or is this being handle at local level?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Any federally subsidized housing through HUD has restrictions on evictions through April. Otherwise it's business as usual and the landlord has discretion as to whether they will evict.

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