The landlord must provide the tenant with a Notice to Leave the Premises at least three (3) days before filing the Eviction Complaint. (ORC 1923.04
). It is ideal to give three (3) business days’ notice.
In general, only the deeded property owner can sign and file an Eviction Complaint without an attorney. All other Eviction Complaints must be signed and filed by an attorney on behalf of the owner or property management company. Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and Trusts must be represented by an attorney at all stages of the eviction process, including filing the complaint seeking eviction and appearing in court. A person is not permitted to use a power of attorney to represent another person in court. For questions about legally filing and pursuing an eviction action, consult with an attorney or visit the Self Help Resource Center
When filing the action, file an original Eviction Complaint with an attached copy of the Notice to Leave the Premises that has been served on the defendant(s)/tenant(s). All originals, copies, and filing fees
should be taken to the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk’s office at: 375 S. High St, 3rd Fl., Columbus, OH 43215
The hearing on the eviction will be scheduled from fourteen (14) to twenty-one (21) days from the date of filing, depending on the type of service requested. The tenant will receive a summons that provides information about the date and time of the hearing.