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Cleveland Housing Court has a civil component that hears cases between individuals, corporations and other entities. These cases most often involve landlord/tenant matters Some examples include Forcible Entry and Detainers (evictions), motions to stay evictions, temporary restraining orders for utility shut-off, motions to compel repairs, rent deposits, motions for release of rents, and motions to prohibit re-rental. Other civil actions include foreclosure, receivership, and nuisance abatements.
Many of the litigants who are before Cleveland Housing Court represent themselves, which includes both landlords and/or tenants. A unique part of Housing Court is the role of the Housing Court Specialist. They are court employees who offer information and assistance in housing matters with the City of Cleveland.