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Welcome to Housing Court

The Housing Court has jurisdiction over criminal cases involving violations of the City’s housing, building, fire, zoning, health, waste collection, sidewalk and agricultural and air pollution codes. The court also hears civil cases involving landlord/tenant disputes.
 
Housing Court Mission
 
At the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court, we are committed to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Through fair, tough, and compassionate adjudication and mediation the court strives to protect the health, safety and aesthetics of the properties and physical environments of our communities.

CLEVELAND HOUSING COURT ZOOM PROCEEDINGS

Due to courtroom restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleveland Housing Court is providing access to court proceedings for public observation via Zoom.  Anyone interested in sitting in on a virtual hearing should call (216) 664-4295. You will be asked to provide identifying information including your email. If there is a particular case you would like to observe, please let Cleveland Housing Court staff know.  Click here for information on how to prepare for a Housing Court Zoom proceeding.


RIGHT TO COUNSEL

In October 2019, Cleveland City Council, under the leadership of Council President Kevin Kelley, proposed and unanimously passed legislation that established free legal counsel as a right for families living at or below the federal poverty level and facing eviction.  Through unique public-private partnerships including the City of Cleveland, United Way and Legal Aid, the RTC-C was born.

Right to Counsel – Cleveland (RTC-C) gives eligible low-income Cleveland tenants free legal representation in eviction hearings in Cleveland Housing Court. To qualify, a tenant’s income must be at or below the federal poverty guideline, and the tenant must have at least one child in their household. Tenants who qualify for RTC-C will be assigned a lawyer to represent them in their eviction.  The lawyer will appear in court with the tenant and present the tenant’s case. The RTC-C lawyer may also be able to negotiate an agreement with the landlord to resolve the case without a court hearing. The RTC-C lawyer also may help the tenant access rent assistance and other resources. Click here for more information on Right to Counsel: https://freeevictionhelp.org/


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CLEVELAND HOUSING COURT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER: CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS TO MAXIMIZE SOCIAL DISTANCING DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND CASE MANAGEMENT
June 4, 2020
Read Full Administrative Order Here

This Administrative Order supersedes and replaces all prior administrative orders addressing this issue and shall remain effective until further order of Housing Court. 

PLEASE NOTE: The following Cleveland Housing Court form can now be completed and submitted online:
NOT GUILTY PLEA IN MISDEMEANOR CASE WITH STATEMENT AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RIGHTS 

Click here to download the Cleveland Housing Court FEDERAL EVICTION MORATORIUM AFFIDAVIT form.



 


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