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Councilmember introduces new protections against unlawful evictions in Cincinnati

the notice of eviction of tenants hangs on the door of the house, front view
Vyacheslav Dumchev
the notice of eviction of tenants hangs on the door of the house, front view

Landlords who don't follow the law when evicting tenants face new consequences in the city of Cincinnati. City Council passed an ordinance that allows tenants to seek damages from landlords in these instances.

Councilmember Meeka Owens introduced the legislation, which reasserts state law that a landlord cannot force renters out without going through eviction court.

On Cincinnati Edition, we discuss the protections the new ordinance offers, under what cases tenants have faced unlawful eviction and how to balance these concerns with landlords who are following the law and need to evict a tenant.


  • Meeka Owens, councilmember, Cincinnati City Council
  • John Schrider, attorney at law and director, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
  • Deborah Collins, communications chair, Real Estate Investors Association of Greater Cincinnati

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