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  • Cleveland Housing Court’s Response to the Sixth Circuit’s Recent Order

    by Jayah Watters-Clark | Apr 06, 2021


    Cleveland Housing Court’s Response to the Sixth Circuit’s Recent Order in Tiger Lily, LLC et al. vs. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development et al, Released on March 29, 2021 and the Biden Administration’s Extension of the CDC Eviction Moratorium until 
    June 30, 2021

    Media Contact: 
    Jayah J. Watters-Clark 
    Director of Communications
    Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
    Office: 216-664-6918 
    Cell: 216-857-7082
    Watters-clarkj@cmcoh.org

    CLEVELAND, OH – As public health experts continue to predict a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and potential deaths, the Cleveland Housing Court recognizes the importance of stable, safe housing to slow the spread of the disease, as well as the undue financial burden on both landlords and tenants caused by the pandemic. Further, Judge W. Moná Scott of the Housing Court recognizes recent decisions throughout the country that have addressed the constitutionality of the CDC Eviction Moratorium, including Tiger Lily, LLC et al. vs. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development et al., which is now pending before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. While the Sixth Circuit continues to decide the case on the merits, the Housing Court will continue to accept CDC Declarations in accordance with the Biden Administration's recent extension of the CDC Eviction Moratorium until June 30, 2021. As the Housing Court has maintained, and the CDC Eviction Moratorium provides, covered tenants are still obligated to use their best efforts to make timely partial payments and seek governmental rental assistance. For tenants who have failed to do so, landlords are still provided the opportunity to be heard before the Housing Court and challenge any given CDC Declaration in order to provide transparency throughout the process. For parties seeking assistance, the Court’s Housing Specialists will remain available to provide the most relevant information during these unprecedented times. 

  • Judge W. Moná Scott to host Virtual Landlord Clinic: Lead Safe Law Edition

    by Richard Brhel | Feb 25, 2021
    Media Contact: 
    Jayah J. Watters-Clark 
    Director of Communications Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
    Office: 216-664-6927 
    Cell: 216-857-7082
    Watters-clarkj@cmcoh.org

    CLEVELAND, OH – On Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Judge W. Moná Scott and Cleveland Housing Court will host a virtual landlord clinic to address Cleveland’s lead safe law. 

    The remote event will discuss the City of Cleveland’s newly enacted lead certification process. Any home built before 1978 is reasonably presumed to contain lead-based paint. Beginning in March, residential rental units built before 1978 must have a Lead Safe Certification from the City of Cleveland’s Department of Building and Housing.  

    Attendees can anticipate hearing directly from Judge Scott, City of Cleveland: Department of Building and Housing, Director Ayonna Blue Donald, CHN Housing Partners, Lead Services Director Matt Sattler and Environmental Health Watch’s, Tenant Landlord Liaison Tracie Washington. 

    Cleveland Housing Court will lead this virtual forum providing pertinent information to landlords, property managers, lawyers and the likes regarding the application process. “Lead poison is a serious concern of the Housing Court and we look forward to working with the respective organizations involved in this forum to ensure that property owners are well informed,” said Judge Scott. 

    City of Cleveland and Village of Bratenahl property owners are encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Register at leadsafecle.eventbrite.com or join us via Facebook Live @ClevelandHousingCourt.  
  • Judge W. Moná Scott to host Virtual Tenant Information Clinic

    by Richard Brhel | Feb 25, 2021
    Media Contact: 
    Jayah J. Watters-Clark 
    Director of Communications Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
    Office: 216-664-6927 
    Cell: 216-857-7082
    Watters-clarkj@cmcoh.org

    CLEVELAND, OH – On Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Judge W. Moná Scott and Cleveland Housing Court will host a virtual event to provide important information to Cleveland and Village of Bratenahl tenants.  

    The remote event will address relevant housing matters such as state and local tenant laws, Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Eviction Moratorium Order, COVID-19 Rental Assistance and navigating virtual hearings. 

    Attendees can anticipate hearing directly from Judge Scott, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and CHN Housing Partners regarding their rights as tenants. “There are ways to prevent evictions during COVID-19” said Judge Scott. “Housing Court remains a transparent community based court and we’re hoping to continue educating residents during this informative event.”  

    Space is limited and registration is required. Interested attendees can also join us via Facebook Live @ClevelandHousingCourt. Register here. City of Cleveland and Village of Bratenahl tenants are encouraged to attend.  
  • Cleveland Housing Court Promotes Staff to New Leadership Positions

    by Jayah Watters-Clark | Dec 02, 2020
    Media Contact: 
    Jayah J. Watters-Clark 
    Director of Communications Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
    216-664-6927 
    Watters-clarkj@cmcoh.org

    CLEVELAND, OH – Judge W. Moná Scott has promoted staff to new leadership positions within the Cleveland Housing Court effective Monday, November 30. 

    Jeffrey D. Johnson was appointed to Court Administrator in October. Johnson previously served as Chief Housing Specialist. He is a former Councilman and State Senator who has been a champion for important social issues such as removing dangerous lead from homes and investing in city neighborhoods. Johnson earned his juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and is a graduate of Kent State University. 

    Belinda Gest, who previously served as Judge Scott’s Personal Bailiff, has been appointed to Chief Housing Specialist overseeing the Housing Specialists Department. Prior to her tenure with The Court she served as a Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, and also worked as a Fair Housing Specialist for a non-profit organization. Prior to her career in law, she worked as a Counselor in education and residential settings. Gest earned her juris doctorate from Cleveland Marshall School of Law and is a graduate of Ohio University.

    Jessica Alvis has been appointed as Judge Scott’s Personal Bailiff. She joined Cleveland Housing Court earlier this year as a Staff Attorney in the Magistrate Department. Prior to her tenure with The Court she served as a Cuyahoga County Prosecutor perusing justice for the children of Cuyahoga County for six years. Alvis also gained experience working to ensure financial support for Cuyahoga County’s children through her work with the Prosecutor’s Child Support Unit. Alvis earned her juris doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and is a graduate of John Carroll University.

    “I am confident that these leaders will discharge the duties needed to exceptionally serve the residents and stakeholders of Cleveland and the Village of Bratenahl. They all exemplify extraordinary skills that continue to play key roles in the success of the Cleveland Housing Court,” said Judge Scott. 
  • Judge W. Moná Scott to host inaugural virtual landlord clinic: What Every Landlord Should Know!

    by Jayah Watters-Clark | Nov 06, 2020
    Media Contact: 
    Jayah J. Watters-Clark 
    Director of Communications Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
    216-664-6927 
    Watters-clarkj@cmcoh.org

    CLEVELAND, OH – On Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Judge W. Moná Scott and Cleveland Housing Court will host its inaugural virtual landlord clinic dubbed “What Every Landlord Should Know.” The remote event will address relevant housing matters such as state and local landlord and tenant laws, navigating virtual hearings, City of Cleveland’s building, health, fire and safety codes, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Eviction Moratorium Order and more.

    Attendees can anticipate hearing directly from Judge Scott on what to expect from Cleveland Housing Court. “It is my intent even during a pandemic to implement transparency and ensure that Cleveland Housing Court is a community court that continues to address the needs of the people, this virtual clinic is an example of just that,” said Judge Scott.

    Housing Court experts will also discuss the City of Cleveland Lead Safe Ordinance just in time for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

    This landlord clinic may be required for landlords with pending cases before the court and has limited capacity. Interested attendees can register here. City of Cleveland and Village of Bratenahl landlords are encouraged to attend.

  • Judge W. Moná Scott to Host Virtual Housing Court and CDC Eviction Moratorium Panel Discussion

    by Richard Brhel | Oct 06, 2020
    September 23, 2020

    Media Contact: 
    Jayah J. Watters-Clark 
    Director of Communications Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
    216-664-6927 
    Watters-clarkj@cmcoh.org

    CLEVELAND, OH – On Tuesday, September 29th at 5:30 pm Cleveland Housing Court Judge W. Moná Scott will host a virtual panel discussion titled From Confusion to Clarity: Understanding Cleveland Housing Court, the Pandemic and the CDC’s Eviction Moratorium. The remote event will address relevant housing issues in Cleveland and the recent Community for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Eviction Moratorium Order. 

    Moderated by Cleveland.com Metro Columnist, Leila Atassi, the ZOOM conversation will include Judge Scott and her leadership team. Additional panelists, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Executive Director Colleen Cotter, Esq.; CHN Housing Partners, Executive Director Kevin J. Nowak and City of Cleveland Building and Housing Director, Ayonna Blue Donald will also participate in the discussion. 

    Judge Scott along with her leadership team, will clarify the recent CDC Eviction Moratorium Order enacted earlier this month and answer questions submitted by attendees. The discussion will also unpack housing related matters in Cleveland such as the recent Right to Counsel Law, COVID-19 Rental Assistance, required court filings of landlords and more. 

    While ZOOM space is limited, the event will be livestreamed via Facebook Live @clevelandhousingcourt. Interested attendees can register here. City of Cleveland and Village of Bratenahl tenants and landlords are encouraged to attend.  
  • Tamela Womack Sworn in as Magistrate for Cleveland Housing Court

    by Richard Brhel | Oct 06, 2020
    August 4, 2020

    Media Contact: 
    Jayah J. Watters-Clark 
    Director of Communications Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
    216-664-6927 
    Watters-clarkj@cmcoh.org

    CLEVELAND, OH – Tamela Womack was sworn in today by Judge W. Moná Scott as Magistrate for the Cleveland Housing Court. Womack previously served 12 years as Magistrate for Fairborn Municipal Court. Prior to serving as Magistrate, she worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney and also as an assistant public defender.  

    During her time as Magistrate with Fairborn Municipal Court, Womack presided over various criminal, traffic, civil, eviction, and small claims matters. She has served in several volunteer roles collaborating to improve the system of justice. In 2012, she was elected to the board of the Ohio Association of Magistrates where she served as second vice president, editor of the newsletter, and chairperson of the municipal practice area.  

    “Tamela has the experience that the Housing Court needs and will hit the ground running to begin serving the citizens of Cleveland,” said Judge Scott. “I trust that she will administer fair justice and I wish her a successful tenure with the Cleveland Housing Court”  

    Womack earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University and later earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo, College of Law.  
  • Cleveland Municipal Housing Court Releases Changes in Operational Procedures Following Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

    by Richard Brhel | Mar 16, 2020

    CLEVELAND, OH  March 13, 2020 – The primary focus of Housing Court is to ensure that all citizens and employees’ health and safety are protected. To ensure the safety of the citizens and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), criminal cases scheduled to appear before the personal docket of Judge W. Moná Scott between the dates of Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020, are cancelled. All cancelled criminal cases will be rescheduled for three weeks from the original hearing date.

    In regards to Housing Court civil hearings, only First Cause/Eviction hearings will be held as scheduled. All other civil matters are cancelled and will be rescheduled by separate order. “This policy concerning evictions is fluid and will continue to be monitored”, adds Judge W. Moná Scott.

    The on-site walk-in Housing Clinic is suspended until further notice.


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