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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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Representatives lobbied on foreclosure rights of renters

Friday, Apr. 24, 2009

In a letter to central Ohio's delegation to the Ohio House of Representatives today, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus urged support for HB 9.

The legislation would give renters certain rights when their landlords' property is foreclosed. The letter was sent to:

The letter was sent in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of Ohio. The full text of the letter follows:

On behalf of the board of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our hundreds of members across central Ohio, I urge you to support HB 9.

Rental properties and their tenants are significantly impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Renters, who are estimated to account for as much as 40 percent of those facing evictions, are often caught off guard and evicted without notice when a landlord’s property goes into foreclosure. The key measures in this bill would require that a landlord provide common-sense, courteous notice to tenants facing eviction.

This is a simple measure to help stabilize neighborhoods and help prevent homelessness at a time when homelessness and all of its attendant costs are on the rise. The League of Women Voters believes that no person or group should suffer legal, economic, or administrative discrimination.

Vote yes on HB 9. Thank you for your consideration of the League’s request, and for your service to the citizens of central Ohio.