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COVID-19 Eviction Suspensions & Free Eviction Resources for Ohio

July 1, 2021 update

How do I apply for emergency rental assistance?

You apply through your local emergency rental assistance (ERA) program. Each local program has some flexibility in how they set up policies and procedures to suit the needs of their local community. For example, in some areas, you can apply for rental assistance yourself. In other areas, landlords need to submit an application first. To find rental assistance in your area and learn how to apply, visit


CDC Eviction order

March 29, 2021 update

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended* the residential eviction ban put in place under its original September 4th, 2020 order**,  until at least June 30, 2021.

*   New order, signed March 28, 2021

** Original Order:  Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 

December 28,2020 update

Congress and has passed, and the president has signed, a new Covid relief bill which extends this ban until Jan 31, 2021, and establishes a $25 billion rental assistance program to help families pay their rent.

[For more on the CDC eviction ban click here.]

Best Web Resources on Ohio Coronavirus Eviction Information

Here's the best info on evictions that we've found on the Internet for surviving the COVID-19 economic challenges.

Ohio Legal Aid Office: Ohio Legal Aid

Browse the website for Ohio’s legal aid office, for the latest on covid 19 eviction help.

Ohio’s Legal Aid office offers help on evictions.

Ohio Eviction Law:

Nolo provides a detailed state specific description of the eviction process in Ohio. You can also search the web for eviction law in Franklin County, or Ohio.

HUD - 50-State Specific Covid Information for Housing

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers free links to local housing resources in Ohio.

HUD Resources for Ohio

JustShelter.org Community Resources for Ohio

Just Shelter has organized links 600+ organizations working hard to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness around the nation. Here's there info for Ohio

NCLC Free Book on Surving Debt

The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has made free their excellent book on "Surviving Debt" during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Chapter 20 Evictions
    • This chapter of the book explains in detail your legal options when facing eviction. 
    • Often your best option when faced with an eviction is to buy yourself enough time to find alternate housing that is both affordable and adequate, with minimal disruption to your life. This chapter offers defenses to evictions that can buy you some time.


Other good Sources (via NCLC)

Analysis of CARES ACT Eviction Protections: The National Housing Law Center has issued an analysis of federal and state eviction suspensions.

Self-help and advocate eviction pleadings and forms: Go to lawhelpinteractive.org, click on the state on the map and search for self-represented or advocate materials. If there are forms available, you will be referred to the LSC-approved or court-approved websites where all forms are listed. Some states also have eviction expungement forms.

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has a listing of enacted and pending state and local actions related to evictions.

Regional Housing Legal Services has an updated list of tenant protections during the emergency.

The Eviction Lab also has detailed state-by-state listings regarding renter protections during the emergency.

50 State Google Doc Tracks Eviction Moratoria in all states

A state-by-state list of eviction moratoria is now published by the National Housing Law Project, researched by students at Columbia and University of Pennsylvania. It includes 24 categories of information concerning eviction for each state. more...  

Free COVID-19 Resources from NCLC (National Consumer Law Center)

The National Consumer Law Center is considered the best sources for information about consumer law. Their materials are used by attorneys nationwide.

They have announced FREE resources to the public on a variety of debt and credit topics, including  free (during the Coronavirus crisis) access to their online book on Surviving Debt. 

Free Book From NCLC Surviving Debt

Their free online book offers these extremely timely tips to consumers on how rules you should be following now if you've got more expenses you can handle.

LegalConsumer.com highly recommends the materials from the National Consumer Law Center. They are an outstanding organization who advise legal aid lawyers throughout the nation. No one has more knowledge of those who are facing debts.


NCLC Announcement

New Free NCLC Resources in Response to COVID-19 

NCLC has been working hard to create and disseminate resources to help attorneys and consumers navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including the following:

NCLC remains committed to providing consumers and attorneys with the most up-to-date information about COVID-related consumer protections, and continues to add content to our Digital Library article on Major Protections Announced in Response to COVID-19and the COVID-19 & Consumer Protectionspage on our website as new information becomes available.

New Article on Enforcing CARES Act Credit Reporting Provisions 

The economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon translate into pervasive credit reporting harm, as millions of consumers become unable to pay their credit obligations, and creditors, debt collectors, and others furnish negative information about them to the nationwide consumer reporting agencies (CRAs). 

A new NCLC articleexplains how consumers can protect their credit reports by enforcing the modest protections offered by the CARES Act, including detailed commentary on:

  • Scope and Application of the CARES Act Credit Reporting Provision
  • Credit Reporting Rights Under the CARES Act
  • Consumer Enforcement of the CARES Act Credit Reporting Provision
  • Special Enforcement Rights for California Consumers

Even the credit reporting industry acknowledges that there will likely be problems with implementation of these new protections, given the large volume of accommodations that creditors are processing and new customer service staff who may be inexperienced in dealing with credit reporting issues. Consumers and advocates are advised to be proactive and vigilant, and to visit NCLC's Credit Reports page for regular updates.