If you don’t have a defense or don’t want to stay in your home, the best answer may be to move out of your home quickly.
Moving out of your home can stop the eviction trial (1st cause), but it won’t stop the money claims trial (2nd cause). You still should go to court for your eviction trial and understand your options for the money lawsuit.
1. You can stop the eviction if you move out before the trial date. Make sure to tell the landlord you’re leaving, return the keys, and take photos of the cleaned home.
2. You still need to come to court to make sure the eviction case is dismissed, because you’ve moved out.
3. You may still have to deal with the 2nd Trial on Money, to deal with the landlord’s claims you owe them money.
Once you decide that you want to move out of your home, take these steps to protect yourself:
If you need help in finding an affordable place to live after moving out, reach out to groups that can help you to find assistance or shelters.
These resources are for Hamilton County, Ohio. Find housing legal aid and financial help for other locations here.
Call United Way at 2-1-1, to see if you qualify for financial assistance and what housing programs they might connect you with.
For a list of local shelters in Hamilton County, Ohio, call the Central Access Point Line (or, CAPline) at 513-381-SAFE (7233).
Visit or call the Help Center at 513-946-5650 to get legal information or to make a free 40 minute appointment with a lawyer. They cannot represent you in court. For more information, visit room 113 of the Hamilton County Courthouse or visit https://www.cincyhelpcenter.org
Call Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati at 513-241-9400, or go to https://www.lascinti.org/. You may qualify for a free lawyer. If eligible, Legal Aid could represent you in court.
Visit https://cincybar.org or call 513-381-8359 for a referral. You can ask them about the Modest Means Program. This may let you get a private lawyer for a more affordable price.