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This page will attempt to answer some of the more common Evictions questions. However, it is not the intention of the Clerk of Court's Office or the Franklin County Municipal Court to offer legal advice through these pages or through our answering of questions. While knowledgeable about the operational procedures of the Clerk's Office and the Court, Deputy Clerks and Bailiffs are not attorneys and cannot recommend specific legal options, and their answering questions should not be construed as such.

What were the circumstances surrounding the eviction of a person?

That information is contained in the complaint, which is maintained in a case file in our fileroom.

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Am I being evicted?

Look up your name on our website fcmcclerk.com under public access case search to see if a case has been filed.

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I need to know what my rights are as a tenant.

You can call the Columbus Urban League at 257-6300.

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How much does it cost to file an eviction case?


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How do I file an Eviction, and where do I get the complaint forms?

View this PDF for information regarding the Eviction Process

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How do I red tag the door and do a set out?

Fill out the forms and pay the associated costs and the Clerks office will send the paperwork to the service bailiffs office then you will contact them to arrange the set out at 645-7780.

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Does the owner of the property need to file the eviction? Or can I evict my roommate?

The owner of the property has to file the eviction case or an attorney for the owner of the property. Roommates cannot evict roommates.

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When will the defendant be served on the Eviction?

This process will depend on the postal office, or the Bailiff. Usually the hearings will be scheduled fourteen to twenty-one days from the filing date.

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