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Eviction prevention

Empowering families to move towards household stability can prevent eviction

Strengthening households against eviction
  1. Financial education: budgeting and credit
  2. Maximize benefits like Earned Income Tax Credit, Emergency Assistance programs, and PIPP+ 
  3. Rainy Day funds
  4. Stable rental practices. (see below)
Stable Rental Practices include some common sense measures that some tenants haven't learned.
  • Pay rent on time, in full. There's no "grace period" in Ohio law. There's no protection against eviction if you are pregnant or it's cold outside or you have no where to go. The old folks preached--pay your rent first cuz there's always someone who will feed you, not so many will take you in.
  • Give early warning if you may be late. Landlords hate surprises. Many are counting on your timely rent payment so they can pay their bills. Help them plan ahead and be ready to make a repayment agreement.
  • Don't get trapped with fees. Many tenants have gotten into the habit of paying late and building up a backlog of charges that become grounds for termination. 
  • Don't cut and run. Just moving when you can't pay the rent doesn't prevent the landlord from filing an eviction and winning a judgement against you. That's two strikes on your credit record when you go looking for your next place. Plan to go to court to try to work out a deal or mount a defense.
  • Understand landlords. Your landlord-tenant relationship may be toxic (often called "slumlords") but most landlords are operating a business and trying to make a buck. Understanding their needs and interest can help you negotiate.

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