Columbus, Ohio

While the state of Ohio did not institute a general eviction moratorium, the courts in Franklin County (Columbus) halted the processing of non-emergency eviction filings between March 16 and June 1, 2020. To maintain social distancing, court operations shifted to the Greater Columbus Convention Center after reopening.

More detail on eviction protections in Ohio can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.


Eviction Filings By Week

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Weekly Filings

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Filings Trend

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Local Moratorium

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CDC Order September 4 - July 31

* Filings in the last week may be undercounted as a result of processing delays. These counts will be revised in the following week.

Changes in eviction filings

Eviction filings in Columbus were very close to historical averages in January and February of 2020.1 Filings dropped dramatically in March and have mostly remained below average as eviction processing resumed.2

  1. Average eviction filings taken from Eviction Lab data for 2012, 2013, and 2015
  2. Filing data for 2020-2021 provided by the Franklin County Municipal Court

The geography of changes in eviction filings

Columbus is divided into 284 census tracts. In each of those tracts, we map the number of eviction filings over the last four weeks. If you toggle below you can see these numbers as eviction filing rates—the number of eviction filings divided by the number of renter households in the area—or compared to the typical number of filings in the average year.1 2

  1. Average eviction filings taken from Eviction Lab data for 2012, 2013, and 2015
  2. Tract racial majority determined using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for 2014–2018

Eviction filings by neighborhood demographics

American Community Survey (ACS) data allow us to categorize neighborhoods by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Black, or Other/None. In January and February 2020, eviction filings were concentrated in majority-white neighborhoods. Eviction filings dropped across all neighborhoods by March and April, but have moderately increased in recent months.

When you toggle the figure to see data relative to average, comparisons are being drawn–within the same set of neighborhoods defined by racial/ethnic majority–between filings in 2020-2021 and average filings in previous years.1

  1. Average eviction filings taken from Eviction Lab data for 2012, 2013, and 2015