2022 New Year Update – Housing Providers

No More Eviction Moratoriums  While many housing providers still believe there is some form of eviction moratorium in place, all COVID related moratoriums have expired. Evictions are proceeding with delays due to volume in the court system. Certain subsidized properties are subject to longer notice periods prior to filing an eviction. Please check with our…

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Local 12 talks to J. Thomas Hodges about Landlord Obligations

Local 12 News in Cincinnati featured an interview with attorney Tom Hodges concerning landlord’s obligations. Read the article at the following link: https://local12.com/news/local/i-feel-dehumanized-residents-impacted-by-fire-scrambling-to-pack-evacuate-apartment-reading-cincinnati

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Hodges presents at Cincinnati City Council.

J. Thomas Hodges was the guest of Cincinnati City Council’s law and public safety committee in addressing concerns on behalf of a client. The council meeting can be watched at the following link: https://archive.org/details/14211123-lps  

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Local 12 talks to Tom Hodges in Moratorium Feature

Local 12 News in Cincinnati featured an interview with attorney Tom Hodges when a Federal Judge struck down the CDC’s National Eviction Moratorium. Read the article at the following link: https://local12.com/news/local/federal-judge-strikes-down-cdcs-nationwide-eviction-moratorium

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Current Tri-State Area Court Operations

Court operations continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are the current, and subject to change, status of court operations for landlords: Hamilton County, Ohio: In person court continues. The court is setting hearings on the CDC declaration if a tenant presents such in court. The court is granting evictions in nonpayment…

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CDC Moratorium Extended

CDC Moratorium Extended The United States’ Congress’s latest stimulus package (which President Trump finally signed) extends the CDC Moratorium by one month (through January 2021). Congress also included $25 billion in renters assistance. The $25 billion will be sent to states to disperse as they see fit. There is likely to be a significant administrative…

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Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

All landlords with any restrictive pet policy will deal with existing and emerging issues surrounding service and emotional support animals. Handling these issues correctly is important because landlord actions in this arena are subject to regulation under the: Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state laws….

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Jury Trial Evictions in Hamilton County, Ohio and How to Avoid Them

Ohio Revised Code section 1923.10 gives a residential tenant a right to demand a jury trial in an eviction case. Unfortunately, Ohio does not allow a landlord to include a provision in the lease that waives a tenant’s right to a jury trial. So a tenant, if aware, has a powerful tool in the event…

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Liquor License Transfer – The Negotiation Stage

In most places in Ohio, a new liquor license from the State is not available. When a new bar or restaurant wants to open, but they are unable to obtain a new license from the State, generally their best option is to purchase a liquor license and transfer it to their business. There are a…

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