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Bill Would Stop Evictions, Foreclosures In Ohio Amid Coronavirus

Newly legislation would give Ohioans a grace period to fix any monetary defaults which occur during the crisis. 

By Chris Mosby, Patch Staff 
Mar 22, 2020 11:31 am ET

“Many people just lost their source of income, and they don’t know how they’re going to pay their rent or mortgage,” said Leland. “We need to make sure the people of Ohio are safe… at home.”

COLUMBUS, OH — Two Ohio politicians are proposing legislation to stop evictions and foreclosures during the new coronavirus, COVID-19, crisis. The bill has received bipartisan support and was written in consultation with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. 

The legislation was introduced Sunday morning by state Reps. David Leland, a Democrat from Columbus, and Jeffrey Crossman, a Democrat from Parma. As the bill is currently written, the legislation would also address the financial difficulties faced by many Ohioans who have lost their jobs during the crisis. 

“We know that this crisis is going to cause financial hardships for many people in Ohio and we need to craft solutions to help people impacted by job and income loss. These are commonsense measures that will give people time to work out solutions to keep people in their homes,” said Crossman. “What we learned from the Great Recession is that failing to do enough to keep people in their homes will devastate communities across the state, and we need to do as much as possible to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”

The legislation would give Ohioans a grace period to fix any monetary defaults which occur during this crisis, the legislators said. 

“Many people just lost their source of income, and they don’t know how they’re going to pay their rent or mortgage,” said Leland. “We need to make sure the people of Ohio are safe… at home.”Subscribe

The Ohio House of Representatives is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, March 24. This will be the first legislative session since Ohio declared a state of emergency because of COVID-19.

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