Information for Tenants in Franklin County: Rights and Duties of Tenants in Franklin County.

Information for Landlords in Franklin County, visit the Franklin County Law Library website for more information.

If you are a Landlord or Tenant, you may come to the Self Help Center with questions about the Eviction process.


Landlords start the Eviction process. Generally, Evictions follow these steps:

  1. Landlord may choose to seek legal assistance. Please see the Legal Resources page for assistance with contacting an attorney.

Landlord gives the Tenant Notice to Leave the Premises.

The Notice must include the following language:

You are being asked to leave the premises. If you do not leave, an eviction action may be initiated against you. If you are in doubt regarding your legal rights and obligations as a tenant, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance.

Upon receipt of this notice, Tenant has 3 days to move out or resolve the issue. Tenant may choose to seek legal assistance.

If you are a tenant and would like to seek legal advice, Legal Aid may be able to help you. Visit Columbus Legal Aid’s website to learn more.

2. If  Tenant does not resolve the issue in 3 days, Landlord will file an Eviction Complaint. To learn more about filing an Eviction, read Landlord Eviction Guide. The Eviction Trial will be scheduled 14-21 days from the date of filing.

3. Tenant will receive a summons notifying him/her of the Eviction Trial.

4. Both parties should appear at the Eviction Trial. Eviction hearings take place Monday through Friday beginning at 9am in Courtroom 11A.

5. When the Landlord and Tenant arrive at court, each party should check in with the bailiff. The bailiff is seated at the front of the courtroom on the right side.

6. When the case is called, both the Landlord and the Tenant (and the attorneys if there are any) will approach the magistrate.

7. Eviction Trials move very fast. The magistrate will speak briefly to each party. The magistrate may suggest that Landlord and Tenant step out of the courtroom and try to reach an agreement.

8. Usually, the magistrate will tell the parties at the Eviction what the decision is.

a. The magistrate may continue the case. This means it gets set for a later date.

b. The magistrate may grant or enforce the Eviction. This means the Tenant must move out.

c. The magistrate may deny the Eviction. This means that the Landlord was unsuccessful at evicting the Tenant.

9. If the magistrate grants the Eviction, Tenant will receive a red tag on the door of the rental property. Tenant then has 5 days to leave the premises.

10. If Tenant does not leave the premises after 5 days, Landlord can file for a set out. A set out is an action taken by Landlord to remove Tenant’s belongings from the rental property. This process   is supervised by a special bailiff. More information about what happens after an Eviction can be obtained at the Eviction hearing or from the Self Help Center.