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Evictions Could Surge Due to COVID-19 Impact on Ohio Economy

Too many tenants believe they can stop paying rent

Every day, the mediators take calls from cash-strapped tenants who mistakenly believe that because eviction courts are closed, they can stop paying rent.

“People think they’ve got this reprieve between now and June 1 when the courts reopen,” said Shelley Whalen, executive director of Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio. “That’s a real misguided notion.”

And it could wind up contributing to what many fear will be a crush of new cases added to the already-substantial backlog of pending evictions in Franklin County and in other courts throughout the state.

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