1. How do I file an eviction?
Come to the clerk’s office and fill out an eviction complaint form. Make sure you bring your copy of the eviction notice you gave to the tenant. You will be given a court date approximately 18-21 days away.
2. Where can I get an eviction form?
Eviction forms may be obtained from the Clerk of Courts office, or from our web site listed under Municipal Civil Forms.
4. After I file the eviction and go to court, how long does it take to get the tenant out of the property?
The court usually gives a tenant 7 days to vacate the premises. You may ask for a shorter time for a set out when you go to court. To arrange a set out call the Bailiff’s office a couple of days after you go to court. The Bailiff’s phone number is (513) 946-5599.
5. I am the agent for the owner of the property. Can I represent the owner in court?
No. The owner MUST sign the complaint and appear in court. After the owner has signed the eviction complaint, you may take it to the clerk’s office to file it, but that is the extent of what you can do. An attorney may always represent the owner in court.
6. Does the person who serves the Notice to Leave the Premises have to appear in court?
Yes. If someone other than the owner of the property served The Notice to Leave the Premises on the tenant, they must appear in court along with either the owner or the attorney.
8. What happens if an eviction is filed against me and I do not appear in court?
If the plaintiff appears and obtains a writ of restitution, most of the time you will be given 7 days to vacate the premises.
9. If I file an eviction and I am late to the hearing and the case is dismissed, what can I do?
You can file a motion to set aside the dismissal and to proceed to trial. When you file the motion, you will be given a court date approximately 8 days away.
10. How do I file a Rent Escrow (pay my rent into court)?
Bring a copy of the letter you gave to the landlord telling him of the problems. The letter should be given at least 30 days prior to the filing of the rent escrow. You fill out the application, and pay your rent to the court, CASH ONLY. Private Complaint Mediation Services will schedule a hearing between you and the landlord. Private Complaint Mediation Services will notify you of the day, date, and time for the hearing. THERE IS NO COST FOR FILING A RENT ESCROW APPLICATION.
11. I’m the landlord. If I make all the necessary repairs and the tenant still won’t release the money held in escrow, what can I do?
You will have to file a Rent Escrow Complaint. The cost for this is $36.00.
13. Do you have to file an affidavit with my eviction complaint during the COVID-19 crisis? How do I know which affidavit to file?
According to the Municipal Court Administrative Orders (click below), during the COVID-19 crisis, every eviction filed requires an affidavit filed along with the complaint. To figure out which affidavit needs to be filed, please see the flow chart provided by our help center.